Bottom line — Spay your pets
To the editor:
Halloween Night was supposed to be a fun time for everyone, but it became a nightmare for three little kittens. Driving back from Nevada to our house in the country, our car’s headlights picked up the image of three little kittens milling about in the center of the gravel road, obviously uncertain what to do or where to go.
I was able to reach out and pick up a very cold little orange tiger kitten with white stockings, but her siblings, terrified by not only the unfamiliar place but the headlights and strange people, ran into the roadside brush, lost to us and most likely, to life. The one kitten we were able to save was so obviously relieved to be warm and cuddled that it was heartbreaking to see. We fed her and gave her a warm, comfortable bed before taking her to the Story County Animal Shelter the next morning. (We already have five beloved cats.) But it’s hard to think about the other two kittens, who, if still alive these three days later, are battling complete terror, exposure, thirst, hunger, the danger of cars, and a host of enemies, most especially coyotes. In the blink of an eye they went from a familiar, well-ordered world with their mother to the worst possible struggle of their young lives, all at the hands of people who had befriended them. It’s hard to comprehend how humans can be so cruel. I’ve heard all of the excuses and denials.
But the bottom line is this: Spay or neuter your cats and dogs; take your unwanted kittens and puppies to the local animal shelter; support your local shelter by obtaining your pets there and giving donations of money and supplies. As humans, we have a moral responsibility to treat all animals well, but particularly those we have domesticated; treat them as you would want to be treated were you in their position. And then, maybe those of us who know these animals’ hearts can rest at night, assured that even as we enjoy being in a warm, comfortable house, there aren’t two little kittens fighting to stay alive in a cold, dark, dangerous world outside.