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home : opinions : letters April 18, 2015

3/25/2014 3:20:00 PM
Pecan has a home!
Letter to the editor

In October of last year, there was an article in The News Journal about a kitten that lived in a tree behind Center Day School. The staff and students at the school loved the kitten and were feeding and caring for her. The story was touching, so we dropped by the school to offer assistance in the care of Pecan (so named because she lived in a tree). It was evident that she was not going to be able to continue to live there. The school is located off a busy street where too many things can happen to a cat.
We agreed to take Pecan home. The weather was starting to turn cold and everyone interested in her well being thought that was best. She now has a home, has been to the vet for check-ups and vaccines and has been spayed. After taking Pecan, we asked if we could come back and talk to the students about animal welfare and safety around animals. The administration and staff agreed that it would be a beneficial part of their education. We thank the school for letting us return and talk to the children.
Our region of the country needs animal education. It will not only reduce animal abuse, but it will reduce the stray population. If children are taught from an early age that the responsible thing to do is get their pets fixed, then that will greatly reduce the number of homeless animals. Other parts of the country have made great strides by educating the populace and passing laws. Education is the answer, and the younger that we reach people, the easier it will be to appeal to their hearts and minds.
We are thankful to Center Day School for recognizing the importance of early education to train children to be good citizens. We only hope that other schools will recognize the importance of offering animal education. The cost of doing the right thing will be much cheaper than continuing to do what we are doing. We have two facilities in our county, but they cannot keep up with the number of strays in our area. The Bible says that the righteous care for the needs of their animals. Let us be good examples and educate our children to do right, Pete and Marcia Cooper, Florence











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