Animal control: a money or compassion issue?
Recently I was informed by my wife, Lee, that we have another kitty, a drop-off. We already have three cats and don’t need another. One of our cats is a drop-off we took in a couple years ago. His name is Jaspurr.
Jaspurr was young, hungry and had a badly cut foot when we found him in the back yard. He was searching for a family to take him in. We started to feed him, and after he got used to us, we adopted him, and he adopted us. We took him to the vet to have his foot tended to and then had him neutered. He has become part of our family.
This new cat, who has been hiding out in the shed behind our house for a while, is gray striped with white on his chest and legs. He has a large head and paws. He is very friendly and comes readily when you call him. He craves love and attention. But he is skin and bones from lack of food. He has ear mites, worms and something wrong with his left eye.
Lee has named this cat Jason.
When animals are dropped off, they get a death sentence. Sooner or later, these animals will die from starvation, sickness, injuries or, possibly, by being shot by a homeowner who doesn’t want any dropped-off animals on his property. I guess people who drop off cats figure that a cat can always survive by eating mice in someone’s barn.
So, what can my wife and I do? When we find an animal that has been thrown away and is sick and starving, our hearts are touched and we want to help them. Out of compassion, we are feeding this cat and have taken him to the vet, incurring a $110 bill.
He would be a great companion for a lonely person, so we will try to find him a home.
You might wonder why we will put forth this effort. It’s because some inconsiderate person has passed off their animal problem to us, and because there is no animal shelter in Harrison County where we can take a dropped-off cat for help. So, for now, we have to take care of this cat ourselves.
I am told that our civic leaders have been trying to decide what to do about an animal shelter for 20 years and still haven’t decided on a solution.
This issue has been debated and put aside many times. People tell me it’s a money issue. I think it’s a compassion issue.
It makes me wonder. If our county leaders can’t figure out what to do to help a few stray animals, how in the world can they be counted on to figure out what to do for you and me?
If you have a pet, have it spayed or neutered. When the issue of an animal shelter comes up again, let your councilman or councilwoman know you support it.