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Keeper of the Stars...

This page is dedicated to all of you who give so freely of yourselves when it comes to the rescue, welfare and adoption of stray animals. You are too numerous to mention individually but you know who you are and so does everyone else. On behalf of the thousands of strays that you have vetted, speutered, loved and helped place in homes (as well as those of you who adopt these strays)...I tip my hat to you all -- each of you is truly THE KEEPER OF THE STARS.

Please be a responsible pet owner, SPAY or NEUTER!

For low cost spay/neuter information in your area, please call 1-800-248-SPAY or 1-800-321-PETS

Every years thousands of healthy cats and dogs are euthanized because there just aren't enough good homes to go around. A hopeless situation? Well maybe, but there is a solution and that is SPAY/NEUTER your pets. Animals that are spayed and neutered live a longer, healthier life and will not be responsible for bringing unwanted furbabies into the world. Animals that are spayed/neutered have a much lower incident of cancer and other reproductive diseases (this is particularly true in female animals). Disadvantages of spaying/neutering? Well perhaps the pet will gain a little weight but it's better than overpopulating and cancer! Besides, weight can be controlled with diet if it becomes necessary. Try controlling cancer with diet!

Below, with permission, is an article written by someone who has firsthand knowledge of animals being euthanized because their irresponsible owners never bothered to spay their female pet. Please be sure to have tissues ready for this one...and experience what Vickie must have gone through and then remember that all shelter workers who "hold the needle" are feeling the same thing.

A Word On Euthanasia

Written on September 5, 1998
Vickie's Cat Page

Euthanasia, putting to sleep, destroying, putting down....all of these terms describe the same thing, something that I had to actively participate in for the first time today....killing animals. Although I have been volunteering at my local animal shelter and also serve on its Board of Directors for a while now, I was never required to witness or participate in euthanizing animals.

Today a man brought in his female dog and her litter of six Shepherd cross pups right as the shelter closed. The puppies were judged to be between 2-3 weeks old and had yet to open their eyes. The vet tech examined each of the puppies carefully and determined that they were most probably sick and were severely dehydrated from being left in the hot sun with no adequate shelter. Evidently the owner of the dog was well known to the shelter staff and had been investigated in the past for animal abuse. Other dogs of his were also known to have Parvo. Because of the questionable health of these dog, the shelter manager, the vet tech and I had to make the ultimate decision to end the lives of these seven dogs rather than risk the health of the 50 other dogs housed at the shelter.

The puppies were taken to the back room of the shelter. One by one, the vet tech injected the bright pink euthanasia solution into their abdomens. They would whimper a little as the shot was given. The shelter manager, vet tech and myself each held a dying puppy as their three littermates waited their turn on a bed of towels on the floor. As they died, they each would start licking, then their heads would loll back and they started breathing more shallow, until they stopped all together. I cradled two of these babies to my body, sobbing over them as they took their last breaths, reassuring them the whole time that they were going to a much better place. After the last puppy had died, the vet tech left the back room, returning shortly with the pups' mother. As she was given her shot, she was licking the tears off the face of the vet tech. In less than one minute, she lie dead on the floor beside her babies.

At the end of this day, all I can feel is extreme bitterness towards irresponsible pet owners such as the owner of these dogs. Not only did he fail miserably in his responsibilities towards these creatures by denying them proper shelter, food and water, and vet care, but then he left his mess for the caring shelter workers to clean up. The most frustrating thing is that the whole situation could have been avoided had he ensured that his dog was spayed.

Unfortunately, scenes such as the one I experienced are all too common at animal shelters across the country. It is estimated that a shelter animal is euthanized every 1.5 seconds, simply because there are not enough lifelong, responsible homes. Please be part of the solution....spay or neuter your pets. Don't contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation.

[Printed with Permission]

Friends of Feral Felines

"Spay Day USA," the fifth annual campaign to save the lives of millions of cats and dogs, will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2003. This is a national campaign, sponsored by the Doris Day Animal League. In its first four years, Spay Day USA has proven to be a phenomenal success as over 250,000 animals have been altered, including over 108,000 in 1998. These spay and neuter surgeries have already prevented literally millions of unwanted puppies and kittens from being born. For 1999, the Doris Day Animal League has set a goal of completing at least 100,000 spays and neuters. Those interested can receive an Action Pack by contacting DDAL at 202-546-1761 or by e-mailing their request, with their name and address, to Please help if you can!

The Miracle of Life...

"Come quick, come quick", their mother said "The time is getting near"
She feels that when the kittens come the children should be here.
She told them that a big orange Tom took "Kitty" as his wife
"It's wonderful, a gift from God, the miracle of life"
At half a year young "Kitty" feels too painful and too scared
to appreciate six miracles, blind-eyed and yellow haired.
But she knows these lives depend on her and nature tells her how
and as she cleans them, children ask "Mom, can we go now?"
But now and then for six more weeks the children visit her
to play with six new magic toys made of life and fur.
The six weeks pass, the newness gone and new homes yet unfound,
Mom bundles up six miracles and takes them to the pound,
Where lovingly, with gentle hands and no tears left to cry,
the shelter workers kiss them once and take them off to die.
And "Momma Kitty" now shes called mourns her loss and then,
she's put outside, and of course, she's pregnant once again.
Dad tells "Kitty" STOP THIS NOW or you wont live here long!
but deep inside of Momma Cat, this time something's wrong.
Too young, too small, too often bred now nature's gone awry,
Momma Kitty feels it too and she crawls off to die.
She too is freed from this cruel world, and from her time of strife.
How harsh the truth, how high the price this "Miracle of Life"?

-By Barry Taylor, DVM

A Different Point of View

I'm being taken somewhere but I don't know where. It's dark inside this box.
I hear a door and know we're in some kind of building.
I hear dogs barking and cats crying. It's very hot.

Someone is opening the box.
It's the girl that found me in the street and brought me here.
I used to have a home. I felt loved there. Then something happened.
They opened the door and put me outside. Then they closed the door.
I couldn't get back in. I don't understand.

The girl is crying now. She picks me up and holds me. It feels good.
I'm placed in a cage. It's not that small, but I don't like it.
The girl leaves me here. I look around and see other cats, just like me, in cages.
What is this place?

Where is my family and why wouldn't they let me back inside?

Another cat looks at me. He's very sad. I don't think he was ever loved.
Maybe it's better that way.

I've been here for hours. People walk past me and they coo and sigh,
but they leave too. I think I know what's happening.
This is where we're put when no one else wants us.
Why did my family take me in the first place?

Underneath me is a new mother nursing three kittens, or are there four?
Why are they here? The kittens are barely a week old.

The girl who held me comes back and opens my cage.
She holds me again, and again, it feels good.
She puts me back and gives me a blanket and some food.
There is a tear in her eye. She's sad.
She wants to help, but there isn't much she can do.

It's dark now. Someone comes in and takes an older cat from his cage.
From somewhere in the building, I here him crying. He doesn't come back.

I've been here three days now. Everyday, they bring in more cats.
Where did they all come from? I'm scared.

The mother only has two kittens now. Two of them are dead.

The dogs keep barking, but I can't see them. People keep walking past.
Some of them stop and stare at me. Once, I was held. But I'm still in this cage.
I feel lonely and frightened.

More cats are taken away and they never come back.
I hear them cry, and then it's silent.

I don't understand. Why don't people do something? They have the power to stop this.
But they don't. Don't I count? Doesn't my life matter?

It's dark again. Someone comes to me and takes me from my cage.

I'm placed on a cold metal table. There is a girl with me.
She's holding a needle. And she's crying.
I guess it's my turn now. I won't be coming back.

...for me

Copyright Alicia Drnek 1995

To a Homeless Cat

Who was there when you died, pretty one?
Who was there when you left this place?
Who was there to say good bye, pretty one?
Who was there to rain tears on your face?

Were you hurt and in pain, pretty one?
Were you hungry and cold and alone?
Were you sick and afraid, pretty one?
Were you just too tired to go on?

Somebody loves you, pretty one,
Though you may not have seen her this time.
Someone will hold you, pretty one,
When your trials in this life are behind.

Head straight for the Bridge, pretty one.
Run swift, and run straight, and you'll see.
There is food, there is sun, pretty one.
There is nothing and no one to fear.

And there is also, for you, my pretty one,
The love that you never felt here.
They are waiting for you, my pretty one.
And I'll follow, to hold you, my dear.

Go to sleep, pretty one, and forget.
Forget the horrible life humankind has dealt you.
And awake to renewal, and contentment, and joy.
Stretch in the sun, pretty one!

(with thanks to the creator of A Rainbow Bridge)
- January 1996 Tam Nesbit

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