Letters: Town without mercy

Cat rescue society may leave town because of non-support

The phone just rang and we are starting to feel like if we are going to become crazy sooner than what we have thought we would be. At noon a couple will be dropping a cat they cannot take care of her any more and we are happy to receive it. We thank people who bring them to us instead of abandoning them in isolated areas.

In addition to welcoming this gorgeous white female cat, we also have to go pick up five more kittens from the colony we have been working on during this past week.

Therefore, lets put all this in context:

Without counting the other 16 adult cats and 26 kittens we have rescued since April, and without counting the males that we have not yet caught from the property we are working on, the total number of cats rescued just from this tax payers’ home in Sooke raised to six pregnant females and eight kittens. The six mothers will produce another 30 cats raising up the number of animals saved to 44 cats.

In other words, saving these animals and stopping feline overpopulation has become the responsibility of good hearted citizens and not of politicians. The responsibility of finding money to feed, shelter, spay/neuter/de-worm/vaccinate/de-flea, and provide medical attention to these 44 victims of humankind lays just on those with compassion and not on those with power.

Forty four cats do not seem too much, but when we calculate that in two years 1,450 new cats would be born from just one female the scenario – statistics – and reasoning changes. SAFARS is preventing 63,800 new cats  to be born just from one property.

As the indifference of others grow regarding this ticking problem so does our alarming worry to find a piece of land where to keep these animals. As you all know by now, the owner of the barn we have been refurbishing for the past two years sold the property.

The sad part of Sooke becoming like a town without mercy is that we are now searching to move to a more pet caring and friendly town.

Margarita

Dominquez

Sooke