She asked me for help with an injured cat she had been watching. Feeding? I hope so. She said that her dad could not take the cat as he already had three, she could not, etc. I get calls like this every day.
I suggested that she herself might be the cat's best hope...
The general idea folks have is so faulty, limited, skewed, and flat out ass-backwards that it drive me nuts. There IS no one you can just call and bingo! A great home is found, a good shelter is available (virtually every shelter houses them, each alone, in metal cages...usually with desperately barking dogs, in rooms with no sunlight...), loving arms are waiting. NOT SO.
There is not a single shelter I would want to see a cat go to...including mine. Mine has too many, even though it is in a home, no cages, good food, in-out access after integration with the household, etc.
I think it's a mix of ignorance, wishful thinking, and failure to consider personal responsibility at work here. Folks just don't know...homeless or stray cats are more invisible than dogs, so how could folks know how many are out there?
I think people would reconsider breeding if they knew how many need homes. And there is no reason to "preserve the breed". The breeds are un-natural. Many did evolve, and were bred with others similar (inbreeding). Others were bred to have features useful to humans (short legs, etc.) I'm getting into dogs here, but of cats are bred too, for perverse and commercial reasons...designer or status animals. Fie.
The point here is that we all need to pitch in and help the homeless among us! Please. We cat ladies need you!