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Spay/neuter laws are key to pet population crisis

THE DECATUR DAILY:

In spite of the good that the Animal Friends Humane Society is doing, the fact that the shelter must turn animals away is a reminder that limited admission, or "no-kill" shelters, are not the key to ending the companion-animal overpopulation crisis because they don't attack the problem at its roots ("Urban animal refuge," July 29).

With the 6 to 8 million dogs and cats who enter U.S. shelters each year, no-kill shelters quickly fill to capacity. Many of the animals they turn away are abandoned, left at the mercy of traffic, starvation, or cruel people — fates far worse than a painless injection of sodium pentobarbital administered by trained, caring shelter staff.

The solution isn't "no-kill," but rather "no-birth," a goal we can reach by pushing for mandatory spay/neuter legislation. Please visit HelpingAnimals.com for more information and to get a free brochure on getting such legislation passed in your community. For information on low-cost spaying and neutering programs, call (800) 248-SPAY.

Lindsay Pollard-Post

Staff writer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Norfolk, Va.

Community steps up to plate for ill woman

THE DECATUR DAILY:

The citizens in North Alabama are the best in the world. Recently, one of our neighbors on Yarbrough Avenue, Kasie, a 22-year-old single mom, was diagnosed with cancer. She did not have insurance and needed our help.

The "Yarbrough Avenue Gang" set out to help Kasie. We put out fliers that we would be hosting a benefit yard and bake sale. We received lots of donations for both sales. Even though the heat was almost unbearable, the response was more than we could ever have hoped for. We raised more money than we had expected to raise. We wish to say thank you for Kasie and for the community. Many of you came and bought; many of you came just to give a donation.

People came from Decatur, Hartselle, Athens, Cullman and all around to help make this benefit a success and we did. Thanks to everyone.

Linda Blaxton

Moulton

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