Thankfully we were on hand to catch this poor pup that would have died if we had not been able to rescue it.
Needless to say these need rescuing and catching for a whole range of reasons apart from the obvious sterilization need. There are the all too common road accident or well rescues but they need our help for an amazing range of other reasons such as getting caught in fishing nets, getting their heads stuck in jars, because of maggot wounds most often caused by fighting and so forth. With many of these rescues, locating the animal can be a major problem but catching them an even bigger one! Many of these animals have been abused and threatened by people so our task of getting hold of them can be very difficult and take an endless amount of time and patience.
On Sunday the 9th January 2011 we received a call at 10.30 in the morning to say that a cat had been caught in a leg hold trap in Mapusa and could we help. All our drivers were out on calls but our Chairman and Founder John Hicks was luckily working in the office. He immediately went to deal with the message only to find that the trap had been set in the kitchen by the owner of the house and that it was his pet cat that had been caught in it. If this was not appalling enough he was then told that the cat had been caught the evening before but they had made no attempt to rescue the cat and had simply left it screaming in agony. Even the next morning they could not be bothered to do anything about it until the cries of the cat got on their nerves!
John managed to quickly remove the trap and brought the cat back to the centre for treatment of the badly damaged leg. The owner of the cat asked for the trap back but the response of our Chairman could not be displayed here! The trap is now hung up in our information centre with photos of the cat along with an appeal for people not to use these barbaric implements.