Kitten rescue part of a bigger problem
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 11:58 am
All work at the Western Wheel crashed to a halt when Pound Rescueís Gabriele Barrie brought a trio of three-week old kittens into the office last week.
They had been found left on a back doorstep at a Turner Valley home and Pound Rescue got the call to care for them.
Barrie came to us to ask for people willing to help take care of the animals and, ultimately, to adopt them.
We were happy to oblige, and to get a little cuddle time with the kittens.
Sadly, theirs is a story Iíve heard far too many times during my 13 years working at newspapers of animals abandoned, left for others to care for.
Kittens are cute. Sometimes thatís a problem.
A once cute kitty or puppy will grow up and some people arenít able to, or simply donít want to continue caring for them.
There are people out there who are willing to help, people like the dedicated volunteers with Pound Rescue, Heaven can Wait, Alberta Animal Rescue Crew and so many others who will help find an animal a new home.
This leads me to another point. If youíre looking to bring an animal into your home, consider opening your home to a take a look at adopting a rescue animal.
I could quote statistics on the number of animals waiting for a forever home, but I wonít. Instead, I will say go talk to anyone involved with an animal rescue group.
According to Barrie, Pound Rescue receives one or two calls each week in the spring and summer from people asking her to take in homeless and unwanted kittens.
Most importantly, have your pet spayed or neutered.
Itís part of the responsibility of taking an animal into your home and making it part of your family.
Spaying and Neutering pets will mean fewer stories like that of the three kittens brought by our office last week and, hopefully, more pets in happy loving homes.