Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New England is running out of kittens!

From Charlotte McGowan:

We have tens of thousands of dogs being imported to fill New England
shelters that would otherwise be empty. And now we have step two!
Unbelievable! The New England Federation of Humane Societies just held a
conference in Maine. One of the talks was:

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: New England is Running Out of Kittens! Discussion
of kitten importation and how we can get ahead of the issue.

Facilitated by Bert Troughton, ASPCA

Here is a link to whole conference:


  1. if u want kittens go to the state of florida and grab some most of them r geting killed we need more people to save them all the shelter of miami dades is the name of it the number t oreach them is 305 884 1101 please if ur interested please help them they need us to save them thanks so much dont waste time hurry go to underlife4cats@gmail.com n let them know u r interested send them an email on facebook search undercats4life n like their page.....

  2. Why would dogs be imported to fill shelters? Shelters are the leading cause of death for healthy dogs and cats.

  3. Hi Anonymous #2. Yes, isn't it sad about our shelters. There really is no reason for them to choose to kill. There are many more homes opening up for pets every year than there are adoptable pets killed in shelters.

    And there are many shelters and rescues who don't have enough pets to meet the demand, therefor they import dogs from other areas, and even other countries, to meet the demand. The New England states have had shortages of pets for many years! They have rescue groups like North Shore Animal League who truck them in from the midwest.

    We've got several articles on this blog covering that subject. Read "The Six Million Dollar Pet Store" and "It's Raining Dogs From Other Countries" and you will have a better grasp of the situation.

    There's also a great article by Nathan Winograd called "Debunking Pet Overpopulation":

    and an even more recent article called "The Earth is Flat, Pet Overpopulation Exists, and Other Myths We've Been Told":

    Let the truth be told!

  4. To Anonymous: I work at a shelter from New England. We are no kill and frequently take dogs from the south. We have a great adoption rate, but do a lot of work to get the word out. We advertise in newspapers, pet food stores have a bulletin board. One pet food store has a monthly Pet Adoption Day with Pet food Co.s giving samples and coupons for food. Vets give discounts for adopted pets. The community has to get involved.

  5. Okay, I am missing something here. How did New England get a shortage of kittens? I find it hard to believe that anywhere at all there would be a shortage of kittens, especially in the summer and fall months. I live in Michigan, Detroit area, and we have many good spay/neuter programs going on here and some amazingly dedicated rescue groups, but I have never ever heard about a "shortage of kittens". If anyone can explain this, please do, because I have never heard of such a thing.

  6. Hi FordGirl,

    For more details, you'd have to check with the New England Federation of Humane Societies; they were the ones who conducted the seminar about that subject.

    The New England states don't have a problem with shelter dogs either; they've been importing dogs from other states and even from the Caribbean for decades now, so it's not much of a stretch to realize that there won't be kittens either, once most all of the cats there have been sterilized as well.

  7. Go to Franklin County Animal Shelter in Russelville, Alabama. They feed kittens to snakes.