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January 28, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 28, 2013

Shelter pets

TO THE EDITOR: I think more people should buy pets from SPCA shelters.

Shelters would save money, animals won’t be lonely, and people would be happier.

The shelter would save money by taking care of fewer animals and buying less food. I went to the SPCA, and it was filled with lonely animals. There were many animals that needed to be cared for.

The annual SPCA cost to care for a medium dog is about $695 and about $670 per year for a cat. If I got a pet, I would like to get an older cat or dog so it would have a nice home to die in. That would save the SPCA a lot of money.

Do you want an animal to be lonely for the rest of its life? The animals in a shelter sit in their cages and look up at the people who work at the shelter.

When I went to the SPCA in Peru, I saw animals in cages, and it made me sad. I wanted to take them all home and walk around the city to see if I could find people who would care for them.

If you’re an animal lover, you should buy your animals at the SPCA. Did you know that 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are put to sleep in the United States each year? If you get a pet at SPCA, you will be saving an animal’s life. Pets help you be healthier and happier, and you will live longer.

So do you think you should get an animal from the SPCA? If you do, it’s a very good idea, so go and buy your next pet at the SPCA shelter, and save a life. And yours, too.

ANDREW BARCOMB

Stafford Middle School student

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