Monday, March 26, 2012

Gatesville Prison Cats

Violet, a Gatesville Prison Feral Cat

She looks pretty ferocious, huh?  Well, the reason she's such a sweet girl is because a sweet woman, who happens to be incarcerated, tamed her.  And that same sweet woman, Sonya Reed, feared that Violet, her pet, would be caught and euthanized like so many "feral" cats before her. She convinced me to adopt her.  And I did.  And Violet is hands down the most affectionate cat I've ever had.  And I've had a few.

So, why am I writing about this cat again?  Because there was a news story that Gatesville prison officials are rounding up the feral cats to take them off and kill them.  Now I know that most people don't really care about the feelings of an inmate, but many of these men and women behind bars care for these cats after they're dumped there by people who grow tired of their pet.  Yes, cats breed and new litters of kittens add to the population.  So how do we fix this problem?  It's called Trap, Neuter, Release.  They trap the cat, a vet fixes them so they can't reproduce and then they are released back into the wild.  It's the humane thing to do.  So why would Texas rather kill them?  Beats me.

Please sign this petition to show that you care for animals. Pretty please?  Do it for Violet.  And if you want to read about Violet and how she changed Sonya's life, be sure to get your hands on the April 2012 edition of the The Sun Magazine.  Look in the reader's write section.

I thank you.

14 comments:

  1. Signed it.
    Texas as a general rule likes to kill living beings, doesn't it?

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  2. Well, they don't have the best record.

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  3. It's probably cheaper to put them down rather than neuter them. Sadly, it usually comes down to dollars and cents. Animals are such a wonderful tool in rehabilitating prison inmates, so hopefully those in authority finally will see that.

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  4. I couldn't agree more, April. There are some prisons that actually let the inmates have cats in their cells. It teaches responsibility with the added benefit of having a friend to love.

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  5. You are a heroine, Pam, for adopting Violet. I know that there is still a great deal of persuasive discussions, on both sides, by legitimate organizations regarding Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)programs. In other words, the issue could be debated all day for years. Meanwhile, overcoming ignorance is a bitch, to say the least. The impulse to DO GOOD, though, is very strong in the human breast. My hope is that more people continue to inform as you and Sonya are doing; continue to share their experiences with others regarding these helpless creatures that are NOT wildlife, but creatures designed over eons to live with humans and so are deserving of our protection, not our abuse, not death at the hands of humans. And you, dear Pam, are some kind of amazing, that you were able to provide Sonya with THE SUN, a journal not as well known as many others. Sonya's heart has moved other hearts, through your efforts. Wowzer!

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    1. Well, dang. I don't know who you are, but you totally made my night.
      Thank you so much for your comments. I totally appreciate it.
      Pamela

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  6. Kathy, from Kathys Kitties managed to convince the warden to allow TNR thanks to all of the support from the public. She is asking for donations though to neuter/spay these cats. Can you share this link with people so that they can help?
    http://kathyskitties.chipin.com/gatesville-prison-cats

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  7. Wow! This is insane. I like to think that I have a special understanding of this because of my life growing up. My family has farm land...like the prison, people used to drop off cats, often pregnant, and think A) that we wouldn't notice (we did) or B) that farms can always use more cats...also not true.

    We've had to work with TNR programs, and I've caught many of the kittens and tamed them and found them homes. I have two cats from that feral colony and they are the same as violet--love bugs.

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    1. Well, the prison backed down and they are now allowing a feline rescue organization to take them, but they of course need funds. It all boils down to money.

      thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  8. That's terrible! And it doesn't make any sense.

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