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Responsible pet ownership

April 24, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

During the last several weeks, K-SNAG volunteers have held three Adopt-A-Pet events, in an effort to place some of the stray cats that have been rescued by the organization. Most of the cats have been un-neutered males. They have now all been neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia, and treated for parasites. All of the featured cats are sociable, clean and well mannered. Only one has found a permanent home.

Most of these cats are not "wild" unfriendly cats. This tells us that they must have been in homes at some early stage in their lives.

Un-neutered male cats often wander away looking for a female cat that is in heat. Their owners may not bother to look for them because it is often a relief to be rid of the strong odor caused by unaltered male cats that spray to mark their territory. This problem is easily solved by having the male cat neutered.

These animals are living creatures, subject to hunger and thirst. They feel the pain of injury and abuse. They are capable of giving and receiving affection and companionship. They are here on this earth because someone, somewhere, did not have their pet spayed or neutered. And now, there is no one to want them, no one to care for them, no one to love them. Through no fault of their own, they are homeless.

The volunteers who give their time working with K-SNAG are heartbroken that these lovely animals are waiting. There is a point when trying to provide quality temporary care turns to overcrowding and stress for the animals and their caregivers. We are frustrated at our limitations. And we struggle to understand why, after financially assisting with more than 1,000 spay/neuter surgeries, we are still faced with the problem of more wonderful cats than there are available homes.

It only takes a few people believing that it doesn't matter whether a pet is spayed or neutered, to keep the problem going. If you or someone you know is contributing to this problem, there is financial help available for spaying and neutering. And even if you are able to give away "surplus" animals, there are always many more waiting who may not be so lucky.

If you need help or would like to help, contact K-SNAG 28928 Mud Lake Road, Lake Linden 49945 (906) 296-9144.


Lake Linden



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