First, the title of this article is incorrect - "The Truth" <--? *FAR* from it.
Next, in response to the "-A former Goathouse Volunteer", this article has *NOT* been researched, it is written with literal 1/2 truths and a healthy does of absolutely false nonsense. Additionally, I find it commensurate that "former" volunteers with slanderous things to say oddly don't seem to have names.
To kavika52 - you are obviously a hater of felines. Foremost, if people would have their pets properly spayed/neutered & keep their pets indoors, there would not be this "global" cat pandemic you imagine. Not the fault of the animals, it's PEOPLE who are at fault, especially the ill-informed as yourself with some kind of personal beef with a particular species. Wars, pollution and good old fashioned progress have wiped off more living beings from this planet than the Felis silvestris catus.
Does anybody out there truly know what happens on a daily basis at county "shelters"? They kill poor animals day in and day out like an unstoppable juggernaut. These "shelters" are absolute hell for these animals. They can sense the fear and death in these places. Worse yet, myself as well as friends of mine have attempted to adopt animals at shelters, only to be refused, while said shelter forged ahead with killing the poor animal which would have had a good loving home.
The economy is in a downward spin. People are out of work. Money is tight. Donations have not been as high as hoped for in the last couple of years. With the recent coverage in the media, minus this pathetic mud sling pathetically titled "The Truth", have created much needed attention and has brought in some financial relief to the Refuge.
Who am I?
My name is Michael Welch. I am a volunteer at the Goat House Refuge. I do not speak for the Refuge in an official capacity, I do not speak for Siglinda, the kindly beloved overseer of the Refuge, I speak from the heart for myself, and my experience with the Goathouse Refuge.
Cats. Through my life, from childhood to present, I have heard numerous pathetic stories of people doing horrendous things to poor kittens and adult cats. Shotguns, BB guns, firecrackers, automobiles, you name it, hurt, mame, kill. As another post mentioned, cats get the short end of the stick. Truth is no animals go unscathed, it is the product of the brokeness of mankind. However, in my small sphere of influence, of the domestic pets, cats get the worst of it.
These animals at the Refuge are rescued from kill shelters, others are dumped off by former owners, while others are strays. All of these animals would be dead otherwise. The Goathouse Refuge is one place where these poor animals have a second chance. An opportunity to get their well deserved forever home.
Cage free. Of course there are exceptions. Certain animals do not adjust, and need a private space. What would the preferred circumstance be? Waiting inside a cage at a shelter on the euthanasia list? Absolutely not. But it seems some out there would disagree.
The animals receive medical attention. HillCreek Veterinary provides much needed assistance. Of course animals get sick. For crying out loud, anytime there is a large number of living beings together, somebody gets sick! How many out there have school children!?
The Goathouse has what no other county run shelter has - love. Those animals are loved. Love is the reason why I volunteer there. I tell you what, there is no better moment for me anywhere. On a Saturday or Sunday morning when I volunteer. I go towards the back of the Refuge - you know where the animals roam freely aka cage free, where most visitors / adopters do not go. I will kneel down and visit with the cats. They walk to me appreciatively. I'll pick one up and hug one on my shoulder. With the warm sun shining down on us, and a cool crisp chill in the air. For a brief moment, a purr in my ear, my eyes closed. Everything is right in the world for that small moment. All that is wrong is gone. All pain and suffering nonexistent.. In that moment I pretend that all animals have their forever home.
I'd like to comment on every snide remark made in this (cough) "article", however the length of my post is probably too large as it is.
In conclusion, as a current volunteer at the GoatHouse Refuge since a year ago April, I totally disagree with this story. I stand by what I say, I do not hide my identity. I wish there was more that I could do. If I ever win the Lottery, I can promise the world at large and the Almighty above, the GH would be getting a HUUGE upgrade! God bless Siglinda Scarpa, one of the mose wonderful people I have been blessed to meet, and the GoatHouse Refuge which is her invention, her love. I honestly wish there was more I could do to contribute and help those deserving Kitties find good loving homes.
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