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The Need to Spay and Alter

Message Suzana Megles
Today is World Elephant Day. I am so glad that many of us respect these wonderful creatures. I think though that God had a sense of humor when He created them. Such huge lumbering mammals with swaying proboscises. And yet despite their size, they can be very gentle and are devoted to family. I also remember that they can be sensitive and caring. When their friend died in S. Africa some years ago, they marched miles to the compound where he lay in state. That has always made me look at them in awe. How did they know he died? How did they know that they
should pay him homage in death? What ever the explanations, they deserve better from man -- much better.
However, I am writing today about their other fellow living creatures -- the dogs and cats who are suffering because of our poor stewardship. I am hoping that other people will help with this ever recurring and perennial problem -- the over population of cats and dogs. My letter to my local superintendent will explain
my concerns:
Dear Superintendent,

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 irresponsible
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.
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 animal
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 nothing.
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.

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I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the (more...)
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