Take drastic measures to curb pet abandonment (ST 25-7-06)
Take drastic action to curb pet abandonment
Good letter. The writer is absolutely right in saying that there are plenty of animals waiting for adoption already. Sadly, some people still want 'pedigree' animals. The other day when I was at a mediation, someone on hearing I was from CWS asked if I could get him a cat. Looking at all the cats around (which he was feeding), I asked why he didn't adopt one of those. His reply? That he wanted a pedigree.
You know what could also be done in the meantime? Have every pet shop enforce a waiting period and have a checklist to make every owner read and sign it to say they understand what keeping a pet entails before they are allowed to go home. If people went home and thought about it, instead of making an impulse buy, it might reduce the number of people who are like the man in this letter.