The death of a pet is a loss that tears at your heart. I experienced that loss this week with the dying of my sweet Annie Cat. My husband, John, and I found Annie 14 years ago in a parking lot. She was crippled in her back hips and always walked with a substantial limp but that never slowed her down; she could leap higher and run faster than her housemates. A pretty little tortoiseshell Persian who never weighed more than 6 pounds, Annie was small in stature but big in presence. She was the boss, guarding the stairs from the other cats and no one messed with Annie.
We do not know how old Annie was when she arrived at our house. She was a mature cat that had been spayed and declawed. I ran an ad in the newspaper and received several calls from people claiming to be Annie’s owners. They were all fraudulent. So my decision was for Annie to stay with us. It has been an eventful 14 years and now the house is quiet without her. We have many happy and funny memories and through the tears we will dwell on those.
Kittens and puppies are coming into the Madison County Humane Society by the dozens. That's an indication that we do not have spay/neuter laws. The dog and cat overpopulation in our community is staggering. The law enforcement and the city council just turn their heads or bury them in the sand. I talked with the police chief a few weeks ago about spay/neuter laws. He told me that they do not have the manpower to enforce such a law. The law would not require more manpower but would give the Madison County Humane Society and Animal Protection League the authority to require animal owners spay and neuter their pets.