Letters: Land for cats wanted

Cat rescuers want District of Sooke to give/lend them land

The Sooke Animal Food and Rescue Society, SAFARS, is organizing an animal rights protest in front of the District of Sooke on January 13, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. A rally around town will be held during these hours.

In the past two years alone, we have rescued more than 190 cats from starvation and illness. Most of these animals have become traumatized by the abandonment and by the lack of shelter, food and care.

One of the main reasons these animals are dumped like trash in our wooden areas is the bad turn of the economy leading people to desperate situations. Until now, SAFARS’ volunteers have been very successful in rehabilitating and finding homes for the majority of these animals, but our group needs a little help from the District of Sooke.

Our group has been requesting the district to lend or lease us a piece of land where we can build a facility. We are not asking for money, we will fund raise for the funds after. The shelter will be used to keep the animals until they are adopted out and will also serve as a free clinic and pet food bank to low income families. Some of you may think that this is a big dream, but we think it is a necessity, now more than ever.

The nearest animal shelter, which does not rehabilitate feral cats, is 40km away from Sooke. If Canadian citizens are donating money for veterinaries to go spay/neuter, vaccinate, deworm, deflea animals overseas why can this generosity not be included at home?

The fact that certain individuals do not have a job or money,  does not mean they are not in need of companionship. Poor people need the friendship of animals just as much as any person who is more financially stable. That is why we are here. We want to help and ask of you to consider the work we do and how it positively affects the community we all live in.

Please, join on January 13 and show kindness to animals. Tell the district you care and that you want to have an animal shelter in Sooke.

Margarita

Dominquez

SAFARS

Sooke

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