Letter: Animals need human protection by way of spay and neuter programs

We all know that most families have pets; we like to see our children and pets grow together, not mentioning how valuable the friendship of a pet is for those shy children.

To the editor:

We all know that most families have pets; we like to see our children and pets grow together, not mentioning how valuable the friendship of a pet is for those shy children.

But are we good guardians of our pets that bring so much joy into our lives? Do we take charge when Mother Nature lets a five-month-old kitten get pregnant?

When momma cat has kittens three to four times a year, do we help them? Say no more.

It is sad how many of us find numerous excuses why we don’t stop the repeated madness and cruelty.

It’s so tempting—hundreds of ads for cute, ‘free’ kittens to choose from—on an impulse, without a bit of thinking ahead.

A few months later a disaster, finding the easiest solution— giving kittens sway, throwing the cat, often pregnant, into the alley, endlessly repeating the vicious and cruel process.

As a result, the situation in the valley is disastrous. Last year so many cats were dumped on our local SPCA that the shelter stopped taking in cats and started putting folks on a waiting list. There are more than 200 people on the list now. Many healthy cats are being euthanized by their owners, many are dumped elsewhere, the numbers of strays fighting to survive are escalating.

It’s time to stop the cycle. Please, stop making excuses. Help is available.

If you are in a low income group, get in touch with the SPCA or The Okanagan Humane Society (a small group of volunteers—ask any vet).

Spay/neuter with assistance will cost you between $40 and $60 (dogs cost more than cats).

Our regional district helps in the process by awarding the SPCA with a large grant for the lsat 10 years. A small grant goes to the Humane Society. So, both the SPCA and the Humane Society can help those of you who cannot afford the costs.

Spring is here and many cats are already pregnant. Please, do not hesitate. Be responsible adults, good parents and good citizens. An encourage your neighbours.

Hellena Pol,

Kelowna

 

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