My name is Sheila Eynon, I have lived here over 30 years and I am an animal lover.
I work closely with the Kitimat Humane Society and am a member of the Looking for Love Animal Shelter Society.
Myself and all these people who have put the new shelter together with the help of the community and businesses are very proud of this new facility.
The animals are in but there are still a few items to be cleared up - anyway folks, thanks for all your help.
Maryann, the manager, needs volunteers - they have to be over 16 and must be responsible animal caregivers.
But just because we have a new shelter, that doesn’t give people the right to do what has happened in recent incidents
In the April 13 Sentinel there was a letter titled “Abandonment a shameful act.”
I was horrified to read this and it has to stop.
If you cannot care for the animal, you do not just dump it - you see that it gets to the Humane Society or the vet.
This abandonment was a cowardly, irresponsible thing to do and should be punishable. It was very cold weather and they could have died a slow death.
Lots of people get kittens, puppies and then they grow up and all of a sudden kids and people tire of them and it’s out the door even if they have not been spaded or neutered. Then they start multiplying all over again.
This is not a facility for you to drop off your animals and leave it to the Humane Society to do your dirty work. You have to be a responsible person to own an animal.
If you haven’t got the money, then do not get the animal until such time as you can afford it. That’s the way it has to be, folks.
The other week I get a call from Nechako saying there were two big dogs tied together running back and forth between the Nechako Centre to the Anglican church with no-one around.
The dogs were picked up, taken to the shelter and the owner will be fined or the dogs will be taken away. Now this goes on day after day and it is not right.
Another point: I was at the vet’s last week and saw this poor dog on the table obviously very much in distress - a couple had him riding in the back of a pick-up truck and he had jumped out.
That is another no-no and must stop.
This brings me to another concern, the shooting of Joanne Mueller’s cat with a pellet gun (Sentinel, May 11).
According to the vet this was intent to kill which believe me makes my blood boil.
I know that animals can be a problem, but so can adults and kids. If this is a child who shot the cat, one can be looking at more serious problems as they get older.
If it is someone who doesn’t like cats, as Joanne said, if you have a problem call her or knock on her door and try to sort it out.
On top of this, my neighbour has been missing one of her cats for about a month - a black and white cat who again didn’t stray from home very much.
She has hunted and called and has followed up different calls, but still no Bandit.”
And now one of my cats has been gone for a week which is totally out of character. I pray it has not received the same treatment as Joanne’s.
I hope you will all give this your immediate attention.