I love all animals. OK, that being said, I own a (licensed) dog, as well as snakes, lizards, and other non-traditional creatures. I like cats, I just choose not to own one. This attachment is the story that ran in our local paper on Monday
Most of you won't read it and that is fine. I did, and this is the editorial I have submitted. Please tell me what you think:
"On Monday, the Toledo Blade ran the story “Spay / neuter activists aim to herd cats”. I was intrigued, thinking “this will help to cut down the feral cat population, and they can find new homes for them”. Wrong. Once the cats are fixed, they are released in the area they were found. That makes no sense!
Since when are domestic cats on the list of native species? In truth, feral cats are invasive species known to kill native animals. The domestic cat is capable of spreading disease to wildlife and humans, and it is responsible for the extinction of many species of birds.
I have read where many feline associations have the mantra, “Trap-Neuter-Return / TNR”. They justify this by saying the cat removed will be replaced by another if not returned. Am I missing something here? They are not supposed to be living in the wild in the first place. So, you continue to trap. You give them an exam. And if they are healthy enough to be adopted, you try to do that. Should someone wish to adopt, you charge them a small fee, and they have a pet that is fixed. If the funds were used to remove the wild cats, fix the ones in people’s homes, and train new owners, this cycle would eventually end.
Chapter 505 of the Toledo Municipal Code deals with animals and fowl. These laws regulate the proper licensing and control of cats. I called the Dog Wardens office to ask why these ordinances are not enforced. I was told “there is no agency to enforce them”. Thus it is called the Dog not Dog and Cat Warden. Anyone need a job? How do we get a Lucas County Cat Warden?"
I truly believe a pet owner needs to be responsible, no matter what the animal is. The bull shit excuse that I hear from cat owners like "he just won't stay in the house" is weak. And to allow a cat to roam free without being fixed is totally insane. I do not understand the double standard faced by dog owners who must have license and leash and fenced in yard to run our dogs.
There, I feel better. Thanks