Animal Outreach Cat Rescue, London, ON
CATS IN LONDON. (Huddersfield Chronicle, 25th August 1900)
Year by year the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the more recently founded London Institution for Lost and Starving Cats, appeal to the humanity of house- holders not to forget their feline pets when they leave town for the holidays. This season, for some reason, the plea would appear to have been more than usually ignored, and on all hands is heard a piteous tale of an exceptionally large number of hungry and homeless creatures prowling about the squares and streets. It is a heartless and wanton neglect of the poor animals, who, if they have not been the favourites of the drawing-room, have at least enjoyed a warm corner near the kitchen fire and a liberal share of scraps and bones from kind-hearted cooks. At the institution just named, which is situate at 38, Ferdinand street, Camden Town, any cat can be mercifully and painlessly despatched in a lethal chamber for the small cost of eighteen pence, and this is surely an outlay not to be grudged by any who have noticed the gaunt and woebegone skeletons hanging about the areas in which they were once well treated. In the case of the poor and the actual labouring classes the "happy despatch" is performed gratuitously for their pets, and these humble folk very frequently manifest vastly greater solicitude for the Tom or Tabby of their hearths than do their social superiors.
Now I know you've probably heard some hard-luck stories, but you won't believe my story. I was rescued from a storm drain when I was a kitten! Yup! You see, I was minding my own business and all of a sudden WHOOSH! I fell down a storm drain alongside a street. Lucky for me there wasn't any water in there. Anyway, I cried and cried and some people heard me and called the Fat Cat people, who called the fire department and lo and behold they arrived in their big white truck. The firemen were named John and Mark, and their captain was a lady named Shannon. Captain Shannon got into the drain and pulled me out. I was named in her honor, because she plucked me from the drain and saved my life. My brother, John Mark, was named in honor of John and Mark.
The other department was for the treatment of sick or injured animals. It catered for the poor, many of whom relied on their working animals. Sick animals were treated in a dispensary, most as outpatients but about 4% as residents. Almost three quarters of the patients were horses, the motive power of London, and a fifth were dogs, but other livestock and pets were also treated. Consultations were free, thanks to Thomas Brown’s bequest of over £20,000 to the London University to provide a hospital for diseased, injured and starved animals. Brown had stipulated the hospital should be within a mile of Westminster or Southwark, but this proved impossible so it was situated on Wandsworth Road. By 1890, over 45,000 animals had been treated; 34,600 were cured, and the rest were humanely destroyed. During it first 20 years around 50,000 animals were treated, rising from 4000 per year to a peak of 8000 in 1905–10. Unfortunately, the Institute was badly underfunded and was rather neglected by the veterinary profession. The busy out-patients section was supplemented by an in-patients section. THANK YOU TO ALL RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES WHO SUPPORTED NATIONAL FERAL CAT MONTH!!!Please continue to spread the word on TNR, offer donation jars & have collections throughout the year to help volunteers assist local residents & businesses spared the lives of 1000s of homeless pets!!! .?Remember $1. a month all together adds up to saving and sparing New London County pets!The Institute closed at the start of World War II when the Veterinary Assistant left to join the army. By which time it received only 1,000 patients a year, mostly cats and dogs, because working animals were in decline and new flats often did not allow pets. The building was hit by German bombs in 1940 and 1943 and suffered devastating damage in July 1944 when it was hit by flying bombs. It never reopened and the site came under a compulsory purchase order in 1953. There was still the matter of the Institutions assets and it took 25 years of legal wrangling to divide these between the universities of London and Dublin, the orginal locations named in Brown's complicated legacy. The London share was used to endow the Thomas Brown research fellowship in veterinary pathology at the Royal Veterinary College.Animal Outreach Cat Rescue (AOCR) is a group of dedicated volunteers in London, Ontario who help give homeless cats and kittens a new lease on life. Cats and kittens are all treated by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, de-flead and de-wormed. They are placed in foster homes and cared for until we find them permanent loving homes.