I was sad to hear of Minnie Atkinson's necessary recent retirement from Animals in Need. I hope not only the communities of Cape Sable Island but the whole of the tri-counties realize what an impact this woman has made in the area.
Through conversations with Minnie I've realized the many exhausting hours this compassionate and dedicated woman has spent not only as an animal advocate in providing health care for neglected and abandoned cats and kittens but in a sincere and ethical effort to control the ever-increasing cat population problem.
Cat overpopulation in Canada is a crisis, brought on mainly by irresponsible owners who don't spay or neuter and allow their animals to run free
Last year there were close to 800,000 homeless cats in shelters; many of these facilities are not a no-kill facility as is our shelter. And sadly when the cat is not soon adopted it is euthanized.
Addressing the over population of cats involves accessible spay/neuter surgeries, increased adoptions, public awareness and education, supported and funded municipalities and not just a token band aid effect. Most of all we need responsible pet ownership.
Animals are a commitment; usually a 12 - 15 year responsibility. They are not rubbish to be disposed of when your interest in them decreases.
Linda Atkinson Tatler
Bookkeeper/Director for Animal Rescue Krew