Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

June 21, 2014

A clearer explanation of writer’s comments

JACKSONVILLE — I certainly appreciate the things that the Klein Animal Shelter does and look forward to continuing my volunteer efforts (although I doubt I am welcome back at Klein!).  

I am very sorry that the director finds my comment 'unsettling' but she quoted me out of context. Perhaps I need to explain more clearly what I meant. I am sure that we both agree that the quality of life of any animal is a primary concern. There is no doubt that we need to have standards to determine what kind of home is appropriate for an animal. What I was trying to put across is that an animal deserves to live a happy life while it is alive no matter what the end result of its life is going to be. A dog may die a peaceful euthanized death, but what about the six years he spent chained up and neglected in a back yard? My cat Peanut was an indoor/outdoor cat for three years and a strictly indoor cat for the past two. He recently escaped from his pet carrier when I left the vet's office. He was last seen in a forest known to be infested with coyotes.

 I don't want to think about the horrible death he probably endured. I would much rather think about his last few days as a happy time when he could once again explore and hunt for mice. It gives me comfort. Maybe he would much rather have been surrendered to an animal shelter once he was no longer a kitten and gently euthanized, I don't know. It would have spared me  thousands of dollars in vet bills and the uncounted hours I spent looking for him.

We posted one hundred pictures on one hundred mailboxes and offered a substantial reward. If Mr. Hall cares for his animals like I care for mine I do not blame him for being insulted. A person could walk into the animal shelter and tell you all about their fenced-in yard, but we've all seen dogs chained inside fences. To know someone like that would be granted a pet while I would be labeled unfit because I believed that it was OK to have indoor/outdoor cats is what unsettles me.  

All politics aside, I would like for everyone who has a good heart and a good home to please visit the Klein Animal Shelter and adopt a precious pet TODAY. I've posted some of their pictures at the library including some of the Lonely Hearts Club kitties who I got to meet in person. They are worthy of all the love a person can offer. Don't blame the animals for what you've heard about our local shelter.  

Spay and neuter your pets.  

Christy Wheeler

Jacksonville

 

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