Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

June 7, 2014

Shelter should adopt pets to those who want them

JACKSONVILLE — To Klein Animal Shelter: Give  Lt. Col. Aric W. Hall a cat.  I've volunteered at the Palestine Animal Shelter for a few years and recently started to volunteer at Klein, specifically to help adopt out cats.  The prospect for these shelter cats are grim.  Most of them will be euthanized and will never again find comfort in a warm lap, much less a heated cat house.  There is no shortage of animals needing good homes and certainly no shortage of irresponsible people letting their cats breed carelessly.  

As a lifelong cat owner, I can honesty say there is no way to guarantee that even a treasured house cat won't' slip out the door or (in my case) escape from the cat cat carrier on the way out of the vet's office.  Cats love the outdoors where they can hunt mice and birds.  No one can stop a hawk, dog, or other predator from killing them.  

My indoor / outdoor cats dodged foxes for three years without incident before we moved into the city.  If Lt. Col. Hall is willing to pay the expensive shelter fees then you can bet he does his best to safeguard his animals, but he can't stop mother nature.  He could easily get a free kitten from one of the before-mentioned irresponsible pet owners in the Wal-Mart parking lot, but he chose to save the lives of poor confined cats who are so starved for attention they paw at the steel bars of their cages and cry desperately when a human comes near them.  They would much rather die in the jaws of a coyote after a day running around in a field than at the tip of a needle after months sitting unloved in a steel cage.   

So please give Lt. Col. Hall, who served our country, as many cats as he wants.  

Christy Wheeler

Jacksonville

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