Animals have rights as well

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 20, 2014

Meow, Meow, Meow

Is there an echo in here?

Animals are not disposable! There are not many people who wouldn’t ooh and ahh over a baby puppy or kitten. There is just something about those wonderful little balls of fur that turn you to jelly inside. It’s the same thing with human babies, but oh how those creatures mutate, as they grow older.

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And so is the problem with puppies and kittens. As they grow older, they may lose some of the charm they possessed as babies. People may grow weary of the constant care they require. As they age, their demands become larger, their food consumption greater, as they become elderly medical problems come to the surface, the cost of which can rival human medical costs.

So, what do you do if you can no longer care for your pet, or simply have grown tired of owning a pet? For some people the answer is to discard the animal. They put the animal in the car, drive down the road, and toss it out at the first house far enough away the animal won’t find its way home.

Don’t throw animals away.

I have inherited four cats someone didn’t want anymore. Trying to feed a total of five cats is not easy, and trying to teach them to trust humans again after being abandoned in a strange place is almost impossible.

Please consider what happens to these abandoned animals. If there is no “good Samaritan” to take care of them, then they become feral and roam the woods looking for food, or they succumb to the elements or starvation.

If you have a litter of cats or puppies and you can’t take care of them the SPCA will take the animals and try to find them homes. The earlier you take them to the shelter the better the chances they will be adopted.

Please remember, like people, animals are not disposable, so do the right thing.

About Barbara Mizell

Barbara Mizell began working for the Picayune Item in 1993. She started during the "cut and paste" days of the newspaper, and was the first to create a newspaper page using the computer for the Item. She has served as Composing Supervisor and honorary Religion Editor. Of all the contributions she has made over her 20 years at the Item, she is most proud of the World War II book "The Greatest Generation." Barbara was born and raised in the White Sand Community on Lee Hill, she has also written many short stories about growing up on the hill.

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