Sunday, September 29, 2013
Mission council dashes Humane Society plan
Submitted by Jan Longmore, Deroche
n response to the recent report of the refusal of the District of Mission to accept the proposal outlined by the Fraser Valley Humane Society (FVHS) for a much needed facility to protect and help the unwanted and neglected animals of Mission, I hereby submit my letter of disgust, disappointment, and anger.
The Fraser Valley Humane Society has administered care, medical attention, protection, hope, and compassion to thousands of “disposable” cats over the 14 years that they have been in operation - working on a “shoestring budget” and relying on the kind hearts of the residents of Mission to open their wallets and purses to help these poor unfortunate animals.
We, as members of this
wonderful organization have not sat idly on our bottoms waiting for
our grants and Fee For Service to come in - we have worked long and
hard to present various fundraising events yearly to cover as much
of the expenses as we can. Whether it be plant sales, garage sales,
Santa pictures, Beer and Burger Nights, Block Clean-Ups (disgusting
garbage), Bake Sales, Blessing of the Animal events, collecting and
returning bottles to recycling, etc just to name a few, we have
attempted to show the council that we have done the best we could to
be self-reliant but we can only do so much.
We cannot however let our biases to compromise major decisions. Yes, we have other issues to deal with which may or may not be more important. Has it been made known how much the shelter has helped our homeless?
We have run a food bank
for these people who cannot afford to feed their pets - their pets
which, by the way, are sometimes the only beautiful possession that
they can hold onto and that they live for. When a fire occurred on
1st Avenue and tenants and animals were evacuated, the FVHS was
there to help by giving these animals shelter and food with their
owners free to visit their beloved pets until they were able to take
them home again.
You could have placed by-laws and enforced them so that animals were protected by law and that their owners were made accountable thus making it illegal for people to drop off boxes, buckets, containers of kittens off at their local shelters and then walking away from all responsibility. However, the council did nothing and so we have the major issues of today. We greatly appreciate the Fee For Service that we receive each year but we are unable to physically continue with rental increases, medical cost increases, utility increases, insurance costs, etc the list goes on.
The attitude of our council members and our former MLA speaks volumes, I hear you loud and clear, in your minds animals are not worthy of help. I believe that everyone of the council should be made to attend the shelter and see firsthand what our shelter deals with on a daily basis.
Seeing firsthand kittens
and a mother suffocated in a bucket left on the shelter doorstep
anonymously, cats tortured and left to die, cats shot with pellet
guns, eyes missing, tales cut off, legs broken, pelvis`s broken due
to abuse, HIV - how many of you could experience that without
feeling some emotion? I invite all of you to accept this invitation
and see what is truly involved in running a humane shelter.
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