Responsibility

The OSPCA controversy in context.

There would be fewer animals in the Newmarket shelter and, indeed, in shelters around the province, if people took more responsibility for their pets, if they spayed and neutered their dogs and cats to prevent the birth of unwanted animals and if they recognized an animal isn’t something you bring home on a whim.

But the complacency of some people about the lives of dogs and cats was evident even amongst those who turned up in Newmarket to protest.

On Tuesday, an outraged Keswick man showed up at the shelter to try and retrieve J.J., a cat he told reporters he had surrendered to the shelter three months ago. Now, he was outraged that the animal was infected with ringworm and claimed J.J. was fine when he was left at the shelter.

Yes, and maybe that cat, and many other animals, would still be fine if it hadn’t been abandoned at a shelter in the first place.

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