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Pets suffering as people struggle
11:50am Saturday 7th July 2012 in Letters
Sir.–Regarding your front page article in Thursday’s Gazette, June 14, “Pet ban for couple”.
Very sadly, this case of cruelty is just the tip of an ever-growing iceberg. Dire financial times for many people are causing suffering throughout families.
People are struggling and pets are being damaged through ignorance, neglect, starvation and possibly deliberate actions, out of anger and frustration at being unable to manage their difficult, often frightening, situations.
Pets are chosen by us, not always for the best reasons or with correct welfare advice given, and they rely on us to treat them fairly, give them the basics – a roof, food and water, protection, and affection. For all we give them, we get 1,000 per cent returned unconditionally. They can add so much to our lives – companionship, comfort and confidence, and they all deserve our commitment and care.
Statistically, there are far too many cats and dogs needing good homes. Far too few being neutered due to the very high vet costs, meaning rescue centres are bursting with unwanted animals and needing cash to keep going.
The animal charities are struggling for funds, as are all charities these days, and discounts and voucher schemes are rarely available. Maybe the vets and charities could work together more to introduce a wide-scale neutering scheme to help dogs and cats become special and valued, recognising them as sentient creatures, not just easycome/ easy-go commodities.
Within our circle of family, friends and neighbours, let us all look out for those struggling to manage with their pets, respecting privacy, but noticing if help could be given to prevent suffering and ease stress.
–Shirley Clancy, Compton Close, Hook.