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Quick lesson in media magic

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published August 17, 2010

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We have a nice little story in Tuesday's Vindicator written by a new freelancer, Bonnie Hazen of Hubbard.

It's Bonnie's first story for us, and it was about a no-kill cat rescue shelter that is expanding on Youngstown's west-side.

Part of the story highlighted the fiscally-strapped efforts of the move and the construction volunteers and the help needed to get the project completed.

By noon today, help arrived via local good guy Tony Lariccia. Tony and Mary donated a sizeable sum to the group.

Typical of Tony, he called today to thank us for the story. It was hard to get in a word to thank him for what he does.

But the thanks goes, too, to Bonnie for submitting the story to us. A nice way to start ...



11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Anyone who calls their shelter "no kill" is a deceitful scam artist.

What a so-called "no-kill" shelter does is simply say "We are no-kill. We do not kill any adoptable animal." Then, they turn around and THEY define what animal is "adoptable." They'll classify the animal as "too old, too sick, or too mean" and kill it. But, they still call themselves "no kill."

Or, they simply refuse to take an animal knowing FULL WELL that the animal will be abandoned some place like a park, woods, or a shelter that actually will euthanize the animal.

How convenient it is for these "no kill" FRAUDS.

The TRUTH of the matter is no kill shelters are "no kill" EXCEPT for the ones they kill (remember: too sick, too old, too mean or the catchall "unadoptable.")

What a complete load of garbage.

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2bhazen(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Thank you for the compliments! I'm so happy that my story was able to generate, via good people like the Lariccias, the donations necessary to keep an organization like the Cat Ladies Society afloat. It is so much more than I was hoping for, and I'm looking forward to writing many more stories for the Vindicator. : )

In response to 1970Mach1's comment, the Cat Ladies Society is actually correct in classifying itself as "no kill" - they actually take animals from other shelters who are ready to euthanize them based on age, breed, temperment, etc. The only time they euthanize is if they are beyond medical help, or if they have a disease such as Feline Leukemia which is highly contagious and lethal to the other shelter animals. But, I understand your frustration with other shelters who do euthanize based on how adoptable the animal is.

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31970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Actually, my frustration is with you and the Cat Ladies. Either they duped you, or you are intent on writing the story you want to present regardless of the facts.

Your very first sentence of the article, just three words in, is wrong. Kim Koocher is not the owner of the Cat Ladies. It is a 501 (c)(3). As such, they do not have an individual owner. And it is repeated elsewhere in the article. Very sloppy.

And, no, they are NOT correct in classifying themselves as "no kill." It is happy talk and it isn't true. You just wrote in your post here "The only time they euthanize is if they are beyond medical help, or if they have a disease such as Feline Leukemia which is highly contagious and lethal to the other shelter animals." Euthanize=kill. They euthanize. They kill. So, they are no kill except the animals they kill. Just as I said, they are not no kill.

I had a feline leukemia cat, and she lived for four years before she died. Thank God I took her in and didn't take it to a "no kill" place like the Cat Ladies who would have killed her, as per your reporting. And I am not being critical that such cats have to be euthanized, because unfortunately they do have to be, but they should stop the no kill lie. THEY KILL! (But only the ones that are sick, so that doesn't really count as killing, right?)

Did you ask them how much they charge people to take their cats? I didn't see that in the article. Ask them how many people they have charged over $200 to take a cat. Did you ask them how many cats they have had die due to getting an illness there. Thank God she is planning on finally getting an isolation area. Did you ask her how many cats have died there from sickness other than FeLeuk+? I didn't see that in the article.

And what happens to the cats they refuse to take? (They do refuse to take cats. Did you ask them that? I didn't see that in the article.) Those cats get abandoned or taken someplace else and euthanized, and the Cat Ladies KNOW THIS. But that's ok, they can pretend they are no kill and continue to refuse admission.

I am glad for every animal rescue group around, including Kim K. It is a horrible line of work/volunteering . And people who save animals are doing great things. But I cannot stomach the whole "Look at us, we are no kill and the other shelters are bad guys because they euthanize the animals we turn away."

And the reason they claim they are "no kill" is for getting precisely what they got: publicity and donations.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago


"Ask them how many people they have charged over $200 to take a cat. "

Thanks for pointing this out . How many families could take in a cat but couldn't afford the $200. ? Without criticism nothing changes .

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51970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The adoption fee isn't $200 to get a cat FROM them. The charge is $200 for them to TAKE a cat from someone.

Too bad, cat, if your abandoner doesn't have $200. That cat gets taken someplace else. Perhaps dumped in the woods to starve, get hit by a car, or eaten by coyote. Or taken to another shelter that won't lie and actually says upfront the cat will be euthanized.

But Cat Ladies go on calling themselves no kill because it makes THEM feel better. I wonder if cats that die in Cat Ladies building from sickness (even though they showed up healthy and got their entrance with a $200 fee) in that dump count as "no kill" too.

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