Pets: They Aren't Trash, Don't Throw Them Away

This Is Not BooBaby, it is PixieCat
This Is Not BooBaby, it is PixieCat

Treasure, not trash

The other day, I took a load of trash to the local landfill/dump. As I was unloading, a young cat, maybe about 7-9 months of age, ran from behind the truck, meowing. It was identical to the cat in the picture above, and indeed, I thought it was him. I said "Pixie, did you ride all the way here with me"? As soon as i said "Pixie", the cat stopped and looked at me and meowed...also identical to Pixie. I went to it and picked it up, and I knew it was not Pixie. Pixie has a little cloudiness in his right eye .

But with winter coming on, I was not about to leave the kitten there. It is also a she. I already knew there would be trouble if my dad saw me bringing another cat home, So on my way home I stopped at a couple of places to see if anyone wanted her. No one did. So I asked GOD to help me get her to the cat room without a fuss from dad. When I got home, (she rode in the back seat next to Delta, my dog) I asked mom to keep dad occupied for a few minutes, as he was wanting to work on the truck. Then I took her to the cat room. Mom thought since she was so blue ( and it was so close to halloween) we should name her BooBaby . BooBaby is a pet, not a piece of trash.

What boggles my mind is that someone would throw her away like she was just so much trash. She is incredibly loving, and loves to kiss. She is obviously not afraid of strangers. I guess someone did not want her simply because she was a she, so they took her to the dump figuring someone would rescue her, and in the meantime, she could survive on any thrown away foods or mice. I can tell you, if a cat is a successful, they might survive on mice, but there isn't enough food thrown away for it to depend on. I seriously doubt a kitten will be a successful hunter...that comes with time and experience. I know, there are young cats/kittens who manage to catch mice, some prety good at it to. But most aren't so good they can survive on it .

If you have a pet you cannot take care of anymore, or are not willing to care for it any more, PLEASE don't take them to the dumps-landfills. And PLEASE don't just dump them...ANYWHERE. It is so very simple to take them to a shelter, or find a home for them yourself. They rarely do well, let alone survive, when simply tossed out like so much trash. They are living, breathing, thinking AND feeling creatures who deserve better than that. Man has a responsibilty to the land and to the animals, especially to our pets, since we were made overseers of them both. When you take a domestic work animal or the many kinds of pets and care for it for a time, you become responsible for its well-being. We have domesticated them, (and this is especially true of our pets) changing their abilities to survive on their own, though adult cats are far better equipped to do so. Some adult cats do not even know how to hunt. Baloo, the cat I took in in June, was nothing but a walking skeleton. He would be dead right now if not for 4 little girls who picked him up and brought him to the vet clinic. He was fed and given fluids and neutered. I was there waiting for my Nala to be done. He was constantly talking in his cage, begging someone...anyone to come visit him. So I did...and I fell in love with him. When I first brought him home he was so weak he would stagger when he walked. As he got stronger I began taking him outside for sunshine and fresh air. He thought he had to defend himself against the other cats, and we had a few close encounters of the scary kind. He soon learned that I would not tolerate fighting, as every time there was a possible confrontation, I would settle it and the involved cats down, and if they wouldn't settle down they were separated again. He sometimes has it out now with Stucky, who thinks he is boss over everyone, but 99% of the time they all get alone. It is my guess that Baloo had been in a loving home, perhaps with some elderly person. Sometimes when a family member dies, the people here will throw all their belongings away...I guess they just ignored the cat, thinking he would survive well enough on his own. He obviously didn't know enough to hunt for mice succesfully. Not all cats are even interested in catching mice, especially if they are used to being well fed. And by the size of his frame, he was used to being well fed .

So please remember that if you take on a pet, or pets, YOU are responsible for their well being. If you can't or won't take care of it or them, anymore...it is YOUR responsibility to find a good home for it or them.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I agree entirely. A pet, once adopted, is a responsibility for life. I cannot understand the kind of heart that dumps an animal. If they try to convince themselves the animal will find a home, they are wrong. Ninety nine percent die or are killed. You are wonderful to rescue BooBaby.


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SuperheroSales 5 years ago

I'm so glad you found that kitten! I also found a kitten the day after Halloween last year- a small, few week old black kitten that was obviously discarded because the holiday was over. I can't believe people can do that!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Poor kitty. I'm glad you were able to take them and give them homes. I have done the same with too many animals myself, but I love them all.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Hyphenbird, superherosales, and homesteadbound...thank you for stopping by and reading this, please feel free to share it...people need to know dumping their pets isn't the right answer, and worse, it could kill the pet. I wish they would pass some kind of law that made dumping animals a crime...and if there is one already they need to make it tougher, as it obviously isnt working to well.


Euphony101 5 years ago

I could not agree more. I love animals as well - You are a kind, generous soul. Whenever you save a life, you do a great thing to serve Supreme Divinity, and the Cosmos blesses you accordingly. Did your Dad agree to allow her to stay with you?


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Euphony101....my dad has brain damage and cannot reason and does not like change. we simply don't tell him things that will set him off. in the future he will see her and think she has always been here. in this way we avoid upsetting him. thank you for stopping by, i hope you have a wonderful day.


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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

Poor little critter. It's always sad to see cats in the streets. There's this business downtown that looks after an abandoned calico. I wish I could take her--my landlady doesn't allow it. But I give the business owner's cat food to feed her. At least she's being looked after. I'm so glad you took that beautiful cat in. You gave her a safe haven.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Nat...what you are doing to help the store owners look after the calico is not much different than me, i am sure she is getting affection from all of you. someone may want to think about putting a very small dog house type structure where she can get in out of the winter weather that is coming on. possibly you might talk to the store owners about sharing the cost of getting her fixed and vaccinated...this will make sure she stays healthy...and doesnt have kittens which i think would be hard on everyone of you. thank you for stopping by...stay warm if you can.


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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

Thank you. They are doing just that.


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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

Hello. I responded to this article by telling you about a beautiful calico. Well, I have fantastic news! The business owners had found her a good home! I found this out yesterday! I had to share this with you and keep you posted. I'll miss seeing her there, but at least we know she'll be kept warm throughout the winter. :)


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Nat...i am so very glad to hear that...and i know just how you felt. one of the things that makes me happiest these days is knowing my "kids" have plenty of food and fresh water, up to date on their vaccines...but most importantly is knowing they have warm shelter through the winter months. thank you very much for letting me know the good news. =)


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Tammy, you have a heart of gold and as big as the state of Texas. I love that you were willing to sneak your sweet little newfound kitten into the house, risking 'life and limb' so that you could save her and love her. What a sweet soul you are; and what a blessing for cats and for us, we the humble people...who are being taught what love is through your words in this beautiful hub. You are a very special soul on this very difficult planet. Your friend, Kathy

Up Awesome Beautiful and Wonderful!!


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Kathy. it means a lot to me that you have taken the time from your hectic schedule to read my hubs. thank you. Boo Baby is doing find and has an incredible personality and lovingness, though i think she would be much happier being an only kitty. dad still does not know about her, since he is not allowed to open the door into that room (he would be to likely to let someone escape)and even if he did he would think she has always been here, or like i first thought that she is Pixie.

have a most wonderful night...


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

You're right Tim. Pets do have feelings, and like us they do have life. The moment we say yes I'm going to adopt one, tending follows, its only constant, and YES, I may not enjoy cats around but I do respect their right as animals. They're indeed not trash. Thank you for posting.


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Tonipet. while i am sorry you do not share in the same "obsession" as us cat lovers, (i fully understand that each person has a right to their own likes and dislikes) it is wonderful that you would still treat one with respect and affection until you found it a forever home. i used to be a dog person, but now i am totally a cat person. i just cant seem to find the desire to bond with a dog since my Delta passed away. stray dogs are allowed to stay with us, but only so long as they get along with the cats. the first time one growls or snaps at a cat they are found a home for. i had a 6 month old pup kill an elderly cat by pouncing on it, just playing, but i found a home for him. i hate losing my cats. so i understand that about you. thank you for coming and reading and commenting. have a wonderful night.

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