It’s that time of year.
Spring has sprung and with it comes the arrival of puppies and kittens in homes around the region.
Unfortunately, the number of abandoned animals goes up, too.
An Observer staffer found a kitten in a dumpster on Monday and rescued it. This desertion was simply a cruel attempt by some heartless individual to get rid of an unwanted pet.
Fortunately, another Good Samaritan offered to take the animal to the SPCA.
This kind of cruelty to animals is unspeakable. We had a similar case last year, when a litter of kittens was left at the dump. Just one kitten, Survivor, survived and now has a good home thanks to another thoughtful Quesnel citizen.
But this recent instance of animal abuse has us up in arms again. How anyone could leave a fuzzy little creature in the garbage is beyond us.
Sure spaying or neutering an animal is a bit pricey, but the cost of not doing so is greater.
The SPCA has all it can handle at the shelter, but we’re sure they would rather you take any unwanted animals to them rather than discard them like yesterday’s trash.
It comes down to responsibility. Having a pet is much like having a child.
If you’re going to have one, you have to consider everything that might happen as a result.
If you choose not to fix your pet, then by extension, you are choosing to have a bunch of “grandpets.”
Too often we don’t take responsibility for our actions and as a result, others suffer.
In this case, the beings suffering can’t speak for themselves, so we have to.
For the animals’ sake, have them spayed or neutered. If you don’t, find homes for newly arrived kittens and puppies (or bunnies, hamsters, whatever your choice may be).
Dumping them in the trash is not only irresponsible, but callous and cold-blooded.
From the Quesnel Cariboo Observer