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A question for those involved in rescue.......

pitgrrl
March 16th, 2009, 01:31 PM
This is a rather sad question really, but I'm wondering I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas about what to do about cats when their owner dies?

I've recently had a death in the family, which has left 2 cats in a situation which isn't really great for them. They're not immediately homeless or anything, but their primary caretaker died and those left are not really in a position to take adequate care. I know nothing about the shelters in Ottawa, so I don't even know if that's a good option or if cat rescues take cats in this type of situation.

Anyways, all that to say, any suggestions would be much appreciated, I don't want these two cats to end up in a mess because of circumstance.

Love4himies
March 16th, 2009, 01:43 PM
There is a rescue in Ottawa that is fairly big and I believe they are no kill.

http://www.foap.on.ca/

pitgrrl
March 16th, 2009, 01:53 PM
Thanks. I'm going to contact them, I don't know if this really counts as an owner surrender or not :shrug:

BenMax
March 16th, 2009, 02:09 PM
SPCA of Western Quebec. They are no kill and are trustworthy. Too bad a family member cannot take them.

I think it is a good lesson to all of us that own an animal. We should be seeking out our 'chosen' people who will agree to take in case we never make it home. I know that i for one, would want to rest in peace knowing that my friends and family are on board to ensure the safety of my pets.

It does puzzle me however that when a loved one passes, would you not expect trying to hold onto something that is so dear to them? I wonder if it were a huge diamond that could not be squeezed through the front door - would there not be drastic measures one would take to get it in?

Sorry - i do know that there are circumstances but I am miffed as to why this happens.

Bailey_
March 16th, 2009, 02:26 PM
Is it possible to ensure that both cats will go to the same new home?

pitgrrl
March 16th, 2009, 02:39 PM
SPCA of Western Quebec. They are no kill and are trustworthy. Too bad a family member cannot take them.

I think it is a good lesson to all of us that own an animal. We should be seeking out our 'chosen' people who will agree to take in case we never make it home. I know that i for one, would want to rest in peace knowing that my friends and family are on board to ensure the safety of my pets.

It does puzzle me however that when a loved one passes, would you not expect trying to hold onto something that is so dear to them? I wonder if it were a huge diamond that could not be squeezed through the front door - would there not be drastic measures one would take to get it in?

Sorry - i do know that there are circumstances but I am miffed as to why this happens.

Respectfully BenMax, this situation is riddled with some very serious problems which I'm not about to post on an open forum. Though I basically agree with your sentiment, I think passing judgement on a situation which you know nothing about is presumptuous to say the least.

If I were in any position to take the cats myself, I would, but I'm not about to subject them to living with two dogs who want to eat them and no ability to safely separate.

I'm looking to do the very best I can for these two cats given the situation and I would appreciate it if doing that did not get me painted as another person irresponsibly dumping animals into shelters without a thought.

BenMax
March 16th, 2009, 02:41 PM
I understand and I am not judging - I am simply stating. Re-reading i can appreciate that I came off rather heartlessly.

I am sorry that things are difficult for you right now. I did provide something to help you.

Since this is a thread that you brought up I think that it is important for everyone to think about the fate of their animals just in case. No bad intentions made on my part.

Good luck.