Sunday, August 8, 2010
21st Century Side Line Item: Some People Just Don't Deserve to Own Pets
On Friday, my wife dropped at the animal shelter a pregnant cat abandoned by neighbors who moved away and left her behind. The animal shelter informed her that they would probably have to put her asleep, but they would not do it for twenty-four hours. This morning, my wife called me in tears while she was at work and asked me to go get the cat. I went to the shelter and picked the cat up and took her to the vet. This cat is the queen of conversation. She spoke to me the entire way. She looked up at me with her large green eyes and purred so loud it drowned out the sound of the car air conditioner. She checked out OK with vet, but we are going to have her spayed next week. I realize much of what I write about is tied to education and education policy, but sometimes things like this happen and I can't help myself. What makes me angry is that the people across the street (I won't call the neighbors again) left this cat behind. It seems to me some people just don't deserve to own pets.