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A Plea to Spay and Neuter

I read this article in the Austin Chronicle last week while on a work break, and broke down as I read the graphic descriptions on the first page. It brought back the memory of witnessing a feral tomcat reacting to the barbituates administered by one of the vets at the Houston SPCA. It was Easter Sunday, and they were so short-staffed and busy she didn't have time to take him into the euthanasia room. He thrashed about for awhile, and then slowly stopped.

So tragic, to think with all the hard work and dedication Blue Dog Rescue and other local rescue groups do to save animals from euthanasia. On top of that, there are plenty of clinics where animals are spayed and neutered at minimal or no cost, including Animal Trustees of Austin, EmanciPET, and incentives from SNIP. Greg and Christie have asked me a couple of times to think about helping out with EmanciPET. They are quite involved, and also assist with the Blue Dog database. I've only been able to help out at special events, and I think I'd like to look into helping out instead with the Austin Feral Cat Program.

I remember when the The Campus Cat Coalition formed on The University of Texas at Austin campus back in 1995. The feral population I used to see the most would hang out between RLM and Patterson Labs. There was quite an outrage from the students, staff, and faculty when it was discovered university administration had ordered some of the cats to be trapped and killed over the '94 Christmas break. Makes me cry to think about that again.

*snuggles up with Sabrina, Blue Dog Rescue Kitty*


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Nov. 23rd, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
When it comes to feral cats, I wish there were programs that would trap them and then spay/neuter in such a way that they still had their organs (and hence their hormones), but were infertile. That would keep both the males and females active and 'breeding' with other feral cats that were fertile, helping to keep them away from other fertile cats.

I really hope that cage of kittens didn't get put down as well... :(
Nov. 23rd, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
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I was thoroughly disgusted by the Chronicle's picture choice, and am slightly offended by your choice of not putting the picture behind an LJ cut.

We all know that unwanted animals die, and it's a bad bad thing. The only animal in my house that isn't spayed or neutered is my snake. However, I have zero desire to be idally wandering around work (or LJ) and see graphic depictions of that. I have no problem with opening something up and reading and seeing graphic pictures...but not on the front cover. Come on now, really.
Nov. 25th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
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You're more offended by the reporting than what they're reporting?

Sometimes, things are so wrong, people need to be shaken up. Against their will.
Nov. 26th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
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So, an anti-choice person would say that they should put images of aborted fetuses on the front cover because people "need to be shaken up...Against their will."

Do you think that should be distributed - free - on every street corner? I certainly don't.

I would hate to be the parent with a hysterical child because one of the cats looked like Spot.
Nov. 26th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
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I don't think that's a valid argument - it's hard to miss seeing dead animals on the side of the road on a regular basis, but aborted fetuses? Sydney had already asked about roadkill by the time she was four. It makes her sad, and she's very stern with her dog if he doesn't mind her while outside.
Nov. 23rd, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
When I picked up the Chronicle last week, I felt the same way. Yes, the pictures they use are disturbing, but that's the point, to get your attention.

Anyone who tells you that you should put things behind an LJ cut needs to remember that this is your personal journal and they can always remove themselves from your friends list if they don't like the things you post.

Take care of yourself girl. I know you've been having a rough patch lately. Call me this weekend if you find yourself at loose ends.
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