• Report: #685571

Complaint Review: cat depot

  • Submitted: Sat, January 22, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, July 23, 2012

  • Reported By: jason — sarasota Florida United States of America
cat depot
17th st sarasota, Florida United States of America

cat depot MORE CAT DEPOT CAT DUMPING REVEALED sarasota, Florida

*Consumer Comment: Grow up and focus on your mission.

*UPDATE Employee: Slander and defamation of character is illegal-this author is a coward

*Consumer Comment: Personal experience with Cat Depot

*UPDATE Employee: Lies

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Would cat depot care to offer the "facts" on more cat dumping that occurred just prior to moving into their spacious state of the art facility? Five additional cats were accepted at a local sanctuary that has been in dire financial trouble, on the premise that cat depot did not want them in the new building and the cats would be euthanized. These cats were portrayed as hard core ferals-in truth, their city street days were long behind them.

Subsequently, they were not placed in the sanctuaries cattery, where they would have been protected and able to enjoy SOME of the comforts they were accustomed to. Even Fractous cats deserve comfort. Instead, they were confined a short period of time and then released in an open area consisting of a tree with cages suspended from it and several catwalks.

I was told 25 cats on average are maintained there, but only observed 4 cats and about 40 vultures all over the structure. This area floods out and draws alligators, among other predators. Has Ms. Thayer been back there to see if these 5 cats are still "romping" about.

She may succeed in blowing smoke up the backside of some people who are so dazzled by the "front" they can't see the "underbelly" but she can't delude many others who know the miserable reality that is the short life of these "country" cats.

Also in reality, there were MORE than 4 cats dumped at the Myakka Sanitation site and contrary to what THayer would have people believe, none of these cats were confined to cages prior to their extraction from cat depot premises.

Rather than consult her fractous cat guru, she might want to pay attention to local events, like the decimation of feral and pet cats on Cortez by coyotes and the opposition and debate on removing and dispersing to remote properties, the cats who made fishermans wharf in punta gorda their home.

So why would cat depot deliberately sentence long term sheltered cats to a short outdoor life in the heat, cold, rain and disease carrying fleas, ticks & mosquitos. Further more, no well intentioned care giver can "supervise" 24/7 or prevent a frightened cat from fleeing the premises. I know of a woman in Myakka who took two friendly cat depot cats as barn cats, several years ago. She has no barn and her 5 dogs KILLED both cats.

Shame on this new cat depot if you are a donor, don't finance cat depots ego trip and this hush-hush travisty.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Grow up and focus on your mission.

AUTHOR: Monsieur LaPedite - (United States of America)

To lower your organization to these accusations in this fashion by calling them names and demanding their identity is sophomoric and beneath you.  Focus your efforts on ensuring these accusations are false and making sure you can do more good for the animals you have responsibility to help.  I "don't have a dog in this fight" but it saddens me as a potential donor to witness the handling of this complaint.  You in no way elaborate on any of your policy standards for dealing with different groups of cats, something many people would like to know prior to supporting your organization.  Believe me, the people that choose to donate know the difference between a disgruntled employee, an overzealous activist, and legitimate concern.  Lord knows the world has enough anger and sadness in it.
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#2 UPDATE Employee

Slander and defamation of character is illegal-this author is a coward

AUTHOR: Speak No Evil - (United States of America)

The writer of this report is not only a lier, but a coward. You are attacking the most incredible person and the most incredible facility in all of Sarasota, and who are you hurting? The cats.

It is the most vicious and cowardly attack ever. Stop hiding behind your damaging lies. If there was any truth in your evilness, why don't you go to the authorities? Why don't you call the Humane Society? Why don't you start a real investigation? I know why, because they are lies. You are an evil coward. It is perfectly clear to all who read, that you are an angry and hostile lier. I hope they find you and sue you for slander and defamation of character.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Personal experience with Cat Depot

AUTHOR: Sheree - (USA)

I have personal experience with the Cat Depot and the Director Shelley Thayer. As both a volunteer, and a sponsor of fundraisers, and a contributor, I have been involved with many fundraising events at the shelter. There have been numerous occassions for me to be at the shelter for committee meetings, as well as unannounced visits to drop off paperwork and donated items. I have never seen or heard of anything that this person is talking about. I've never witnessed anything but pure and genuine care and concern for the animals from Shelley Thayer.

I have personally witnessed Ms Thayer's compassion and love of the animals. She spends an enormous amount of her time working for these animals, and under her leadership, the shelter has absolutely flourished. The care these animals receive is nothing short of remarkable with some of the most talented vets in the area now among the volunteer ranks at the shelter as a result of her leadership.

Shelley Thayer is a phenomenal, energectic  lady with a heart of pure gold. I have seen her unable to leave the shelter at night until she has stopped at nearly every animal between her office and the door, to offer kind words and soothing strokes. I see this time and time again from Ms. Thayer when she is unaware that anyone is noticing. But I did notice, and I was touched by her actions. This is not a person putting on an act. You can't fake that kind of care and dedication. She should be commended rather than condemned.

This is some kind of a personal attack on Ms Thayer. The writer obviously has some sour grapes issue with her. I agree with Ms Thayer, the writer needs to "man up" and go face to face with Ms Thayer about it. Suggesting that people stay away from the shelter or refrain from supporting the shelter only serves to hurt the very animals the writer claims to want to protect.
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AUTHOR: shelleyt@catdepot.org - (U.S.A.)

The author of these vicious lies needs to step forward, identify themselvesand get the facts straight. If theydid, they would know that they are spreading false and malicious rumors.

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