Re: Shelter plan raises taxing questions, letter to the editor,
I volunteer at the Delta Community Animal Shelter and see firsthand the love and care the staff and other volunteers give to animals that for a variety of reasons -- mostly selfish ones on the part of their former owners -- are left at the shelter.
If it were not for the shelter, the streets of Delta would be overrun with feral cats and stray cats and dogs that were left to starve and die by their former owners. The shelter does a great job trying to rehabilitate animals that would otherwise be unadoptable.
Greg Hoover makes the comment that a 6,300-square-foot facility with an additional 3,000 square feet under cover is for a lot of animals.
Yes, it is, but maybe if people were more responsible about their pets they wouldn't need that much room.
Perhaps Hoover should visit the shelter and see what goes into the day-to-day running of it. Perhaps he should see how bare bones the facility is, how donations from community are not only appreciated but needed.
Why doesn't he try to take a scared and nervous dog on a walk through the construction zone while dodging trucks and construction materials? Perhaps he should take a moment to realize that while it is expensive to build a new shelter, it is something that is needed for the community.
It is our responsibility as the human race to speak for creatures that do not have a voice. Too many people treat their pets as disposable and it's a sad thing to see. At least the shelter gives a little hope to animals that would otherwise left to fend for themselves.