The real issue is complacency

Regarding the recent letters that have been published back and forth surrounding the issue of feral cats and stray animals:

We should look at the root of the problem, human complacency. It wouldn’t be necessary for us to even have these discussions if every companion animal owner would take responsibility for his or her animal(s). If everyone would spay or neuter their pets, we wouldn’t have a high population of unwanted, stray and/or feral animals. Instead, we choose to live in a society that fosters a belief that if you have anything you don’t want – simply throw it away or kill it. What kind of example are we setting for our children? We wonder why our children have such cavalier attitudes towards the value of human life and yet many adult role models display very little respect for life on this planet.

I’m sure that the various animal rescue organizations would love to be put out of business by all pet owners would choosing to become responsible for their animals. Please stop and think before you adopt an animal. Cats and dogs often live for 10 to 20 years; will you be able to provide a safe home for them during their life span? Are you able to afford proper care for your animals? Animals need food, shelter and medical care (shots, neutering or spaying), in addition to love and attention. If you can’t provide for their needs, perhaps you shouldn’t have a pet.

Everett

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