Re: Surrey cat rescuers forced to find a new home, May 14.
With interest and sadness I read that the Surrey branch of the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association will lose its quarters at 6706 152 Street.
This rescue organization is doing a great job for the city, and if our mayor and councillors realize such, they should offer serious financial help or donate space to them.
These rescued cats do not fall from the heavens. They are the product of the people of Surrey, who no longer choose to care for them as pets. Most are not spayed/neutered and are allowed to breed indiscriminately.
Cat-rescuers, like dog-rescuers, are a phenomenal help to a city; this really is a people problem, as usual.
Last year, while visiting Buenos Aires, I was shown a large park in a busy area, located in between two high-traffic roads. I was impressed to hear the city, recognizing the growing number of stray cats, donated the park to them, right in the city’s centre, so no predators.
It was all fenced and hundred of cats live there, after having been rescued and sterilized. Food, shelter and water is provided by volunteers, residents and tourists alike, as many people find it a delight to walk in the park and see/feed the cats. While most are pretty wild, they are obviously enjoying life in a secure environment, being cared for and no longer breeding.
That’s how it should be. An idea for Surrey, where there is plenty of green space?
Mayor? Council? Surely this “City of Parks” could give up one park for these poor cats.
Madelon Keij, Surrey