I was glad to see that people are very concerned about the abuse that is occuring and that they want to do something about it. The sad thing is that well-meaning people often think that it is the best thing to round up these animals and put them in shelters when it just isn't practical. As I have written in the past, shelters cost a lot of money to run. More importantly, how many cats or dogs can be put into a shelter? What happens then is that money used to run shelters divert resources (time, money and effort) away from sterilisation. The animals in the shelter may have a great life and often they do, but what of the many thousands upon thousands more animals on the street. They continue reproducing, and because these animals are breeding, and often over-breeding, these animals are often trapped and killed.
Another often unintended consequence is that this leads to people badgering caregivers. How many caregivers are told that if they like animals so much, why not take them home or put them into a shelter? We all want to see less community animals on the street - but sterilisation is the way to handle this, not putting a small number of animals into a shelter.
Here's Michelle's letter :-
Vicious Cycle of Inaction