Some days I feel like we're getting closer to having a kinder, more humane community, and then some days, I can only shake my head about how far we have to go.
On Monday, Kansas City, MO animal control removed more than 60 cats from a house in Kansas City, North that were living in "deplorable" conditions. While most report that the cats were in very treatable, according KC Animal Health and Public Safety Division manager Patrick Egberuare the shelter veterinarian determined "euthanasia" was the "humane course". No opportunity for rehabilitation, no opportunity treatment....simply killed.
Meanwhile, in Lake Waukomis (a small community in the Northland), the city has begun using city funding to capture feral cats and kill them (not "euthanize" as the city tries to call it) in the city shelter. While the city used to operate a Trap/Neuter/Return Policy, they say that has gotten more difficult because residents are feeding the cats -- making the cats less likely to be baited into traps because they have access to other food. Huh? If they catch them to kill them, they can equally catch them to neuter and release them. Sigh.
Hopefully the city will work with the local NAWS group and others to efficiently run a TNR program in the community and take killing them off the table.
While we've been making a lot of progress in the metro in how we treat animals - -we definitely still have a long way to go.