Ellenburg Animal Shelter warns of complications

Eilenberg. Nice homes wanted for cute cats. These or similar ads for the Eilenburg region are currently being delivered on Facebook and other portals – and sometimes cause emotional debates there. According to one aspect, fanciers should not be supported. The conditions in the shelter for the breeding of cats are very high than the others. Annette Albrecht, head of the Animal Protection Center in Ellenburg, is clearly opposed to these sales offers. She explains to LVZ why there are so many cats year after year despite so many neutering programs – and why the animal shelter still isn’t giving them away to anyone who cares.

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Mrs. Albrecht, why are private ads so controversial? Isn’t it perfectly acceptable to find new homes for cats?

By itself yes, but there are several problematic aspects. Advertisers are often backyard breeders — or more accurately, propagandists. Then there is no concern for the health of the mother and infants, there are often cases of cat epidemic or cat flu in the litter. Then the young often die a few days after infection. If you bring a cat with you to do something good for your animal, you may be lucky enough to infect it. Sure, you can throw cats after you on eBay for very little money. But this often follows hundreds of euros in veterinary costs.

How do I know the black sheep?

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There are certainly serious offers. For example, breeders often have one breed and one litter, and the animals are thoroughly checked. On the other hand, a breeder often has many kittens and many litters, so people can pick and choose their favorite color. It is also important how often the mother cat bores. If this happens several times a year, it is harmful to the animal. You should always see all documents. The kitten must be vaccinated and provided with an electronic chip.

This information is not new. Why do you think so many people still get their pets online?

Because it’s easy. Some are also lucky, and they get to have the coolest animals and feel like they’ve been rescued. Pity often plays a role similar to selling in Polish markets. With that said, it’s important to remember that you may be taking a puppy out of the litter. But the mother must produce the following in the background. That should already be banned, as well as animal ads on Ebay. But I see black there.

If the cats are so cheap, not many suppliers seem to be concerned about the big bucks. Why is there so much droppings?

Some legends are still circulated, especially in villages. For example, neutered cats do not catch mice. Or that kittens that have never given birth are unhealthy. This is of course nonsense. Another problem is that many people feed animals that don’t really belong to them and they don’t feel responsible for them. Often no one knows if they have been neutralized.

But isn’t it also understandable that people don’t feel obligated to pay to neuter every stray cat?

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Now in almost all animal shelters there are interview programs, so that the costs are also covered. Before doing this, you should always clarify whether it is an animal that has an owner. Ask the neighbors, put notifications on, put paper collars with your own number. The next step is to contact us.

This kitten is only a few days old and is manually bred at the shelter. The mother has died. Annette Albrecht expects many of the kittens to end up in an animal shelter in the next few weeks.

In some cases, there have been complaints that the shelter is asking too many cat owners …

We have already increased our requirements. Many people think that they can provide a wonderful home for the animal – but they don’t want to do anything about it. A lot has gone wrong in the past. If you’ve been breastfeeding kittens here for months, they agonize when the call comes in and say, “He fell off the balcony and died.” That is why we now visit homes and apartments and ask them to show us that windows and balconies are reasonable guaranteed. We also look at the area, especially when there are busy roads. We don’t see that we are interfering with our cats on B 87, which then died a week later. There are already people run over by the fifth animal and here they call for the next animal. We want cats to have a beautiful home. And if the window lock fails, they are not the rightful owners.

Anyone who finds kittens without a mother should contact the animal shelter.  Under no circumstances should a cat be fed cow's milk.

Anyone who finds kittens without a mother should contact the animal shelter. Under no circumstances should a cat be fed cow’s milk.

Is it true that interested parties should take two cats at once because you are not offering individual cats?

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We also house the animals individually, but this depends on the character and background. I also don’t understand why so many people are against two cats. It may be more expensive, yes, but it’s no more work. You go to work, you go shopping, you do things – does the animal have to be alone all the time?

How many cats do you currently have at the shelter?

109. Right now – hello, hello – we don’t have that many cats. But I’m sure all of this didn’t come around anymore after spring came.

The Ellenburg Animal Shelter always needs food donations for several cats. Wet and dry food is accepted on site.

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