“We want to make it more of an educational opportunity,” Kristin Eddy, president of the Humane Society of the North Bay board of directors told East Bay Times, when asked about people who drop off their animals and become the subject of shaming campaigns. “If you make it too hard for people to drop them off and be in a safe environment, then something even worse happens to them.”
“It could be somebody who just felt overwhelmed themselves and finally got it together to bring them down to have them taken care of,” she said.
Eddy was responding to the challenges of having 17 cats on the side of the road near the Humane Society location. Found by shelter manager, William Oglesby, his heart sank as he counted the animals left inside several large crates, oddly struck by the fact the cats had been neatly organized according to color or breed.
The appearance of these cats, many ten years of age or older with health problems, adds to the financial burden of an organization already having difficulties with the kitten season boom.
“As tragic as this is for these guys to come to us in this way and be left out in the street, this is the best way. At least they are safe and not running around or dumped somewhere else,” Oglesby said. “Getting homes will be a great challenge. If someone wants to let them live out the rest of their lives in the way they deserve, we don’t need to keep the cats until they are perfectly healthy. If someone’s willing to jump in and say, ‘I’ll take that old cat, I’ll get those teeth taken care of,’ we would be grateful.”
The shelter is welcoming anyone who would like to adopt, cover medical expenses, or donate to the Second Chance Fund to help these animals. Donations to the Second Chance Fund can be offered on the shelter’s website, www.hsnb.org. The Humane Society of the North Bay is located at 1121 Sonoma Boulevard, in Vallejo.