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Elmore County Fair marks new tradition
by Tim Bondy Mountain Home News Mountain Home helped kick off this year's Elmore County Fair as it hosted a kickoff parade and family fun day on Saturday. Nine different floats and a few hundred residents walked and rode along the parade route, which began at city hall and continued to Carl Miller Park...
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Anyone pay attention to the numbers of cats roaming this city? They are everywhere and unattended much of the time. I have neighborhood cats coming into my grand kids play area using it as a litter box, I spray the area with essential oils that do keep them off the area but then they crap in my yard and scratch up the grass to cover it. There are laws governing cats in this city but apparently they are not being followed. I am the one that has to clean these areas up not the animals owners, I have utilized the shelters cages to catch the animals but got caught by a neighbor when loading it into the truck to take it in, not a fun situation. I am not a cat lover but I do not like to see animals harmed in any way, I agree that it is the responsibility of the animals owners to care for their pets and see to it they are not an inconvenience to those who do not have pets. I have met the people at the shelter and I must say they were always very polite and helpful, something I have not been accustomed to here.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 7:02 PM

Amber,

Not embellished and not untrue. When the shelter was contacted regarding the kittens, it was simply stated that they could not keep them as they had no room for them, thus they were put down. It appeared that a home had apparently already been found for both kittens. So yes, there was more than "one upset person" and deservedly so with the information provided them. Whatever was discussed between shelter personnel and the woman who brought them in is a different story and between those involved.

This shelter apparently has their own guidlines to follow, so be it. As far as ferrel kittens, yes it is hard with cats once they go past 4-5 months old, but it is not impossible. I was told this when I contacted local cat rescue groups that have had positive outcomes in situations like this. Perhaps this local shelter is not suited to reach out to rescue operations in cases like this and ask for help. It is just a sad situation no matter how you look at it and I completely agree with you on the spaying/neutering and abandonment of animals. There is simply no reason to be irresponsible in this manner.

-- Posted by justone on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 4:55 PM

Amber H

Isn't it amazing how silent it gets once someone puts the whole story out there for everyone to hear? No more armchair quarterbacks or gossip mongers spreading hate.

I love the sound of crickets after - although I'm sure this comment will draw them out again....

-- Posted by newbie5 on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 4:50 PM

KUDOS to the animal shelter and staff. The amount of calls they get called out on for issues with pets is astounding in this town. Be a responsible pet owner, Can't afford shots or getting them fixed? DON'T GET ONE. Can't keep them with you and care for them NO MATTER WHAT? DON'T GET ONE.

-- Posted by lifetimemthomey on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 4:45 PM

RE: The attack on the Mountain Home Animal Shelter:

First, the whole story is not being told here. There was a litter of kittens living behind Albertsons and the shelter was contacted for help. It was made very clear that the shelter has no resources for feral cats (kittens that are very young can usually acclimate to human touch, but the kittens in question were almost 3 months old and VERY feral) but would assist in trapping within the week. The woman who took it upon herself to trap the kittens without the shelter's assistance brought them to the shelter in boxes taped shut with air holes and with her arms scratched to shreds and even made a declaration about how "wild" they were. The woman signed the paperwork which clearly states that animals surrendered are immediately the property of the shelter and may be euthanized if necessary. The kittens were too old and too feral to be adoptable and rather than stressing them out and causing any more human- and captivity-induced terror for the kittens, they were each humanely and painlessly euthanized, which, my friends, is FAR better than being hit by a car, dying of disease or starvation, or being killed by other animals.

I can personally attest to the sincere compassion that every staff member at the Mountain Home Animal Shelter has for every pet that comes through their door. The blame for this sad situation lies squarely with the irresponsible pet owners in this town who fail to spay and neuter, let their animals roam, and abandon them when they move or grow tired of them.

Rather than focusing on an embellished and partially untrue story about a litter of unsaveable kittens that one person is upset about, I would encourage readers to instead focus on the HUNDREDS of kittens (and adult cats and dogs and puppies and chickens and goats and pet rats and rabbits) the shelter has saved this year alone and show some appreciation to the shelter staff who work so hard for our local homeless pets.

-- Posted by Amber H on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 3:00 PM

I remember back when the shelter was run by a woman who really cared about the animals. I won't mention her name of course, but I am sure many know who she is. She did everything within her power to make sure any animal that was not sick or vicious, found a home. One dog had been there a year and she never gave up on him.

I am told the shelter doesn't take surrendered animals any more, though I hope that isn't true. Animals that are not able to be surrendered, end up on the street or tied up in the back yard and forgotten. It's called an"Animal Shelter" for a reason.

I also happen to know the woman who donated the money for the new shelter to be built and had she known what was to become of it, I have a feeling she wouldn't have donated a single dime to them. She was an animal lover and cared about them very much.

Putting cats to sleep before even trying to adopt them out is disgusting, putting ANY animal that is not sick or vicious down before giving them a chance at life is disgusting.

Number of employees has nothing to do with putting animals down for no good reason.

Shame on the shelter if that is their new practice.

-- Posted by ItsJustMeAgain on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 1:11 PM

Homedog,

I am pretty sure I never defended the "gossip" you heard. I do however get tired of the negative comments.

-- Posted by ktlm on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 11:56 AM

They may very well be awesome. I run a business and keep a listing of my daily inventory. If I have no room for additional inventory, I would not take in said inventory. But these are living creatures. If there is no room to keep them, apologize and state it as so, and perhaps provide numbers/information of nearby agencies or rescues. Give the opportunity to make other accommodations.

-- Posted by justone on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 10:34 AM

You should stop and talk to those people, get to know them.......they're awesome. I can assure you they don't plan on not keeping animals.....

-- Posted by goatbeard on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 9:19 AM

Not belittling at all. If they have no plans of keeping the animals when they are dropped off, then they could at least be up front about it and say so.

-- Posted by justone on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 8:03 AM

We should probably promote more spay and neuter instead of belittling the Shelter. There are a lot of reasons animals must be put down. Instead of talking "Boise" who also does this when space is a problem or illness prevails, why not give your financial to a spay and neuter clinic. I know, easier to belittle the shelter. Actually those people do a really bang up job. You could help physically instead of threatening witholding a few funds. That counts for a lot too. The city can only afford so many employees.

-- Posted by goatbeard on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 7:39 AM

So very sad to hear that two kittens were euthanized at the Mountain Home Animal Shelter just hours after they were dropped off. Had someone known that this would happen, other arrangements could have been made to either find temporary shelter or transport them to the Humane Society in Boise. Either way, they would have stood a better chance. I have always supported the shelter financially and in other ways, but no longer will. I have always heard that they care more for the dogs than they do the cats, and now I believe it.

-- Posted by justone on Sun, Jul 24, 2016, at 2:08 PM

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