Stray animals. We see them in the street, just skin, fur, and bone. We pass them on our way to work and school and pray that they don't come near us or touch us. But have you ever thought about how they are feeling? That dog that you saw in an alleyway a few turns back, sniffing for scraps. Did you ever think that she might have been trying to provide for her puppies? Or that cat standing outside of the restaurant you ate at. What if she had kittens? The problem is, not many people think about their problems. I remember my recent trip to Puerto Rico, the small Caribbean island next to Cuba, and I saw many stray animals, including a dog scrounging for scraps in a dumpster and a cluster of cats wandering the streets and taking shelter from the heat under parked cars. My friends, my sister and I were playing outside when we saw these cats. They were skinny and in need of a meal. So, we brought out a few pieces of meat from our lunch and water bottles. We poured the water on the ground for them to drink instead of the dirty water from the side of the street. At first, they wouldn't come near us, and it was an effort just to get them to eat the food. But by the end of the evening, the cats were fed, named, and rubbing against our legs affectionately.
Thankfully, people were already leaving out bowls of cat food and water for them. If people just took the time to look at them and treat the animals with kindness, there wouldn't be so many starving animals on the streets.
Animals left by their owners is a common story for most of the creatures on the streets, so common that it even got to the movies. If you've ever seen the movie Bolt, you’ll remember that the owners of Mittens the cat left her, declawed and defenseless. She was extremely skinny and underfed. Many animals die every week because of the carelessness of their owners. At the end of the movie, the main character adopted Mittens. This brings attention to the ASPCA.
The ASPCA finds stray animals and brings them in and washes them, and feeds them and cleans them, and then finds them new homes. I would like to get help from government officials, like Senator Patty Murray to help organizations like this one. They need funding for spay and neuter surgeries because of all of the litters of puppies and kittens. Many puppies and kittens die because their mothers can’t find food to eat to produce milk for her babies.
So, I ask the Senator, think about how they’re feeling, and help the ASPCA to get the funding they need without conditions to make the world a better place for our furry friends.