Your recent article, "Feral cats a growing problem throughout
Verde Valley" could have been titled "Irresponsible pet owners
a growing problem throughout Verde Valley."
The two-legged breed is the source of the problem, not the
Irresponsible pet owners who don't sterilize their pets (or who
abandon them) are the problem. There's no excuse for not spaying
or neutering one's pets when both Animal Aid Network (639-3980) and the
Humane Society (634-PETS) will pay for part of the cost.
Irresponsible pet owners are leaving hungry, suffering furry victims in
the wake of their irresponsibility.
At present there's no program to protect these particular furry
victims. We have to ask ourselves, "Are we going to solve the
problem of irresponsible owners by killing their victims?" there
must be a better, more humane answer.
There's a national, non-profit organization, Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org),
which has developed a humane, non-lethal program for solving the feral
cat problem. Under this program local citizens trap feral cats,
sterilize them, and return them to live out their lives. Often
volunteer caregivers provide food for the cats. If it is necessary to
move the cats, the caregivers relocate them.
At present, Wal-Mart is trapping the feral cats on its property and
sending them to the Humane Society where they are slaughtered.
This is not an acceptable solution. The "no-kill"
approach should be the only one acceptable to civilized people.
Killing furry victims doesn't make sense. There is an
alternative. The president of Animal Aid Network, Debbie Engle,
stated an option to slaughter. She said that working together
Wal-Mart and Animal Aid Network could cooperate in a
vaccination-sterilization program (and possible relocation) that would
protect the furry victims, yet solve the problem.
Starvation isn't a humane answer for the furry victims. Neither
is slaughtering them. An acceptable answer has been
provided. What are you going to do about it? Are you going
to contact Wal-Marts's manager? Are you going to support Animal
Aid Network? Stand up and be counted.
Beryl Chappell, Cottonwood