Show you care about unwanted pets

Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10:29 p.m.

Mandi Jean's letter (Jan. 15) voicing distress at the photo in a recent issue of euthanized animals at the shelter is understandable.

Actually seeing row upon row of them is much more upsetting, and I wish many county residents with compassion for animals, as well as those who help create this situation, had that experience.

It was witnessing this carnage two years ago that made me determined to do whatever I could to help reduce the needless killing of unwanted pets.

As Gainesville Pet Rescue volunteers, we foster animals before adoption. My wife is an adoption counselor, I edit GPR's newsletter, and we've adopted three cats and a dog that were headed for extermination.

We're not looking for brownie points, just suggesting some of the many ways people who care about animals can help.

The folks at Alachua County Animal Control have a tough, heart-wrenching job, and, with other rescue groups and concerned veterinarians, are working hard to reduce the weekly toll of animals "put to sleep." Many local residents and UF students also volunteer, but many more are needed.

But it's a frustrating effort, in the face of those who don't hesitate to discard unwanted pets at the shelter, as well as those who aren't taking advantage of low-cost spay/neuter programs in the county - all of whom I suggest need to think harder about their responsibilities.

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