Unwanted pets endure suffering

To the editor:

The Keweenaw Spay/Neuter Assistance Group holds garage sales all summer long in an effort to earn money to help people spay or neuter their pets. We help to spay/neuter both dogs and cats. We want to do this because we are keenly aware of the suffering that unwanted domestic animals endure. We would like to help to reduce the number of homeless animals in our community. We have helped to spay/neuter over 3,000 animals already, but the strays keep coming. The cat population seems to be particularly out of control.

Over the past few months we have taken numerous cats that had been living outside in our harsh winter conditions. It has been heartbreaking to witness what these animals go through. They come to us starving, dehydrated, and suffering from frostbite, fleas, mites and other parasites. Some have been living outside for so long that the damage done to their bodies cannot be reversed. Some no longer trust people and have become almost feral. But all have suffered needlessly.

Please do not abandon your pet. If you can no longer keep the animal, contact an animal welfare organization for help.

For anyone who owns an unaltered pet, cat or dog, please feel free to call K-SNAG (296-9144) for financial assistance. You will be giving your pet a chance to live a healthier life, and you will be part of the solution to the severe pet overpopulation problem and the unnecessary suffering of innocent creatures.

Dawn VerBerkmoes

Lake Linden