Today’s Editorial May 07: Don’t blame Humane Society

The headline in Thursday’s Caymanian Compass, ‘Puppies face death’ caused quite a stir.

It was supposed to.

We have written countless stories and editorials about overcrowding at the Humane Society. Typically the headline on the story has reflected that affliction.

And nothing happened.

In the past the majority of the public glossed right over the headline about overcrowding, put their paper aside and went on with their daily business, not giving a second thought to the puppies, dogs, kittens and cats housed at the shelter.

Euthanasia is not a cheery topic and believe us; the Humane Society doesn’t like to talk about it.

But it is a reality because of thoughtless people who dump their pregnant dogs – sometimes tied to a post – at the Shelter.

Putting down dogs is not something the good folks at the Humane Society want to do. If they had their way and we had ours all dogs and cats would be spayed and neutered and the animals that find their way to the shelter would be adopted by responsible, loving people. By the way, the Society spays and neuters for free.

Since our story appeared the shelter in Florida has agreed to take all of the puppies over the next few weeks. The fact that puppies did face death was not a rumour as reported on CITN. It was a fact until the Florida shelter agreed to take them. Puppies have been euthanized in the past.

Dogs in overcrowded conditions still face death. The only difference between a dog and a puppy is that the puppy is still small, cute and huggable. It will eventually become a dog.

The only positive thing about the shelter being overcrowded is that people are actually taking their animals there and not dumping them in the bush.

But it shouldn’t have to happen.

Pet owners should keep their animals under control – not running loose – and have them spayed or neutered.

At the end of the day, the Humane Society needs our help.

Firstly, the location of the shelter is fine for the thrift shop and book store, but it is a bad location for the sheltering of animals.

The Humane Society is in desperate need of land. An expanse of land would mean more room for the animals and a safer place for the volunteer dog walkers to exercise the animals.

And it needs donations from the public.

Give the Humane Society a hand. Donate money, food or your time as a volunteer.

If you’ve got extra land you have no intentions of developing, give them a call at 949-1461.

The Humane Society needs our help.

It doesn’t need or deserve any criticism.

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