I hope this will be read by you. I wonder how many letters such as mine
probably are unceremoniously dumped and recycled without you reading them?
On Care2 yesterday I read about this New York Island which is a dumping
ground for unwanted cats. I was horrified, but to tell you the truth -- not
surprised. Since 1975 when I got my first inspirational little puppy Peaches I became more
and more disillusioned with man's lack of concern for not only cats and dogs but for
all of God's animal creation. But this letter is re the terrible OVER POPULATION
OF CATS AND DOGS problem by people with absolutely no concern about what
happens to them once they are born because they are basically uncaring and
So you may commiserate, but are scratching your head as to what you can
do about this. Well, I believe that somehow we should get to the children in
a program which can be called something like SO YOU GOT A NEW PET IN YOUR HOME? I was trying to look at this suggestion from your perspective.
Some parents might object to any indoctrination in this regard, but a non-threatening
sounding course title probably would not alarm them.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if EVERY school in the nation had built into its
syllabus a chapter or a class on this topic --every year? It could be incorporated
in one grade like the fifth grade or it can be included in a science class for all
grades 5th to 12th. Yes, I'm making it sound easy. Well, if something is worth
doing, then it shouldn't be all that difficult to incorporate. If we can get to
the children and youth the importance of altering and spaying our pets, wouldn't that
be a worthwhile educational program?
I hope I get some favorable responses, but sadly am not too optimistic.
CAN YOU HELP?
I have been writing letters like this for all the years since Peaches came
into my life almost 40 years ago. Do they do any good? I really can't say, but I
certainly hope so. Just today I mailed this letter to the superintendents of both
the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and the Lakewood School System. I had written to the
Cleveland Superintendent a couple of years ago asking him to implement a course re
care and compassion similar to the one a school in Philadelphia had
incorporated. Sadly, I never heard from him. Do I expect different now? Well, despite
many of my letters going to naught, I feel doing something is better than doing
If you think the idea has merit -- will you also write any all
superintendents in your environ?. I hope to tackle all the suburbs of Cleveland next. Hopefully,
someone will respond compassionately.