My family and I tried to adopt one or more shelter cats from the Klein Animal Shelter. After the application and several visits to the shelter, I was told that my home was not suitable for pets. Talk about being rendered speechless. The lady at the front desk says they were concerned that we lost a few kittens. One walked away, and we assume the others were taken by a coyote or some other predator.
I have yet to actually receive a formal call or letter telling me that my adoption application was denied. I was just given word of mouth from the front desk that the Director of the Klein Animal Shelter believes our home is unsuitable, because I don’t force the pets to stay inside away from predators. The lady at the front desk even told me that most of their cats are house cats and couldn’t survive outside (does anyone believe that?), seconds after she was on the phone moaning of 20-plus cats brought in by Whitehouse that day (does anyone believe those cats were house cats?.
Before those kittens, my family has had two dogs and three cats, each of which we had for many years. I would like to take a moment to describe our “unsuitable home." When our pets want affection, they get it. When the animals are sick, they get the drugs, surgeries, or other medical attention they need. They have a selection of dry food, canned food, milk, fish, chicken, Temptations Kitty Treats, and at Thanksgiving a Greenburg Smoked Turkey. The pets (including one cat) went on nighttime walks with their owner, and one would even go hunting at night with protection from a human - me. On those cold winter nights, the cats have the choice of curling up on the cat owners’ beds or they can stay outside and have their choice of one of two heated cat houses. Garfield would be envious of our “unsuitable home."
Why does the City of Jacksonville still partner with a facility that will not adopt out pets? I think the City should take over this responsibility solely.
Lt.Col. Aric W Hall