The Animal Protection League is jammed packed with cats. Living in cages. They are everywhere. Kittens, young cats, middle aged cats and senior cats. As you walk through the cattery they track you with their eyes, reaching for anyone who gets close and crying to get attention. It is terribly sad to sit in this room and look at all of these wonderful cats, all who deserve a wonderful home. All who ended up here because someone didn't want them.
We can keep dancing around this issue, avoiding the confrontations that will ultimately come with this discussion. But, it is time for a spay/neuter ordinance in our community to help control the overpopulation of cats and dogs. The answer is simple: responsible pet ownership which includes spaying/neutering. If you cannot commit to the life of an animal, do not have the money to provide vet care, food or spaying /neutering then do not get a pet.
Having a pet is not a right it is a privilege. Pets demand time, energy, patience, attention, commitment and money — much like children. They are completely dependent on their humans to provide for their needs. If you cannot provide these basic needs then do us all a favor and do not get a pet.
Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.