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Accountability for pets

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

With reference to Cynthia Barber’s letter to the editor (“Cat cruelty,” Sept. 5).

She has a valid point about low-cost or free spay/neutering. It is not a cat problem, but a people problem.

I volunteer at a no-kill shelter, and we are busting at the seams with cats and kittens. When there is no room at the inn, where are the cats supposed to go? We do not have enough staff to rehab a feral cat, and we do have some at the facility. Some volunteers foster them, so they might socialize better and may, someday, be adoptable.

We always check for a microchip to reunite them with the owner – who has moved away and left no forwarding information or denies ownership.

We do work with families that can no longer care for them because of loss of work or home or medical reasons. If every cat owner took better care of their pets like they do their important cellphone, maybe, God willing, it would put us out of business. Then there is no need for trap-neuter-release programs, animal control or shelters.

As I stated, it is a people problem.

Debby Krause

McHenry

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