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Spay the strays

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 3:57 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

Dear Editor:

Most New Yorkers breathed a sigh of relief and commended those involved for their lifesaving work. Several mayoral candidates lauded the efforts and spouted their love for helpless kittens throughout the city. But not everyone was so pleased by the incident. Sadly and shamefully, mayoral candidate, Joe Lhota, coldheartedly remarked he would not have stopped subway service to save the cats. Times like this demonstrate that, yes, all of us humans share the same basic genetic makeup, but not all of us have the same heart.

And for those who blame the cats for halting subway service. Well I have news for you, the blame does not go on the kittens but on humans. The number of stray cats is an epidemic in this city. It is time to stop blaming the helpless felines and to start supporting programs that will prevent train halting incidents like this one from occurring in the first place.

First there must be laws requiring all cats acquired from shelters and other venues to be spayed or neutered. And more importantly the city must give more support financially and advertise spay neuter programs like the one the ASPCA runs.

The ASPCA runs a trap-neuter-return workshop and a brief online class for those that can’t make the workshop. Both options result in a person becoming a certified trap-neuter-return rescuer. Those certified have the ability to spay and neuter an unlimited number of stray cats for only $5. If this program was supported more wholeheartedly, the homeless stray cat population would be greatly reduced and those two kittens never would have wound up on the train tracks shutting down train service. In places where this trap-neuter-return program is instituted aggressively, stray cat populations have plummeted.

Timothy Caravello
Richmond Hill

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