December 5, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 5, 2012

Support shelter

TO THE EDITOR: “Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” — George Eliot

Yes, animals are important. As goes the fate of animals, so goes the fate of man. Every creature that becomes extinct alters the balance of nature.

Adirondack Humane Society, founded in 1981 (then the LCPA), changed its name to its present one in 1997. It is a no-kill, non-profit, volunteer organization, opening a shelter in 1998. Since then, we have adopted out 4,207 animals and spayed or neutered 4,801 cats and dogs.

Mostly, the society works against overwhelming odds. Recently, we had 202 cats and 15 dogs in our small shelter, but every animal was fed, warmed, watered, groomed and loved. Why this overload? One example is 19 sick cats were dumped on us last year together. Medical bills were huge, even though the vets generously gave us discounts. Multiply this example many times.

Animal medical care last year cost $52,154. This puts us “in the red.” The costs of running a shelter for 202 cats are huge. Can you imagine how much litter? It’s a blessing they don’t use toilet tissue.

The Humane Society receives no funding from any government or national organization; 100 percent comes from you, the people of the North Country. Thank you for keeping us going so far and thank you in advance for still keeping us going.

Would you please dig deeply into your piggybanks to help us out of this financial hole?

“Love animals. God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, do not harass them, do not deprive them of their happiness, do not work against God’s intention.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky




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