Someone from my neighbourhood approached me about adopting. They came by to meet our boys and I wasn't as anxious for Rascal (this person has a dog so I knew right away that Rascal wasn't the right fit), as I was for the other kitties in foster care waiting for their forever homes; thinking that I might just have a future "Dad" in my very livingroom! He loved them all (how could you not?), and we chatted abit about the fostering program, the cats that are rescued, and about how the adoption process works. This gentleman was very well spoken, obviously educated, was polite, well groomed and most important of all, asked all the right questions. I gave him the rescue's website and he went home to view some of the kitties online and was going to let me know if he saw anyone he was interested in.
A few hours later I got a call from him (which really meant he was interested right?), and then it went like this:
Neighbour: "So it appears that all your rescue cats are already fixed"
Me: "Yes we don't adopt out cats without ensuring their spay or neuter is already complete and the only instance where that isn't true is with kittens and even then measures are taken to ensure that that process is completed when they come of age"
Neighbour: "Hmm, well can you tell me which rescue I could go to get an adult cat that isn't fixed?"
Me: "I'm sorry?"
Neighbour: "Is that an unusual question?"
Me: "Why would you want a cat that is unaltered?"
Neighbour: "Because I think it's an animal's God given right to be able to pro create just as humans are and I don't agree with taking that right away from them because we as humans think we rule the earth and everything on it"
Me: "Are you kidding?"
Neighbour: "Am I what?"
Me: "You have to be kidding because noone, especially not a person I've just gotten finished explaining the cat over population and irresponsible pet ownership problem to, could be of such a mindset. Did you not see the countless list of cats on the rescue's website that are waiting for homes?"
Neighbour: "It's not your right to deny these animals their ability to reproduce. Just because I allow my cat to have or make babies doesn't mean I'm a bad owner"
Me: "What does it make you then?"
Me: "Well you just said leaving your cat purposely unaltered doesn't mean your a bad owner. I'm just wondering what you think it does classify you as then?"
Neighbour: "I'm not sure I understand the question?"
Me: "Very understandable since it's obvious you don't understand the problem."
Neighbour: "So back to my original question. Do you know where I can find cats for adoption that aren't already fixed?"
Me: "No I don't and to be honest, even if I did I wouldn't tell you."