Teenager on a mission
Today, Caitlin’s bursting with ideas. She believes she’s only being reasonable by lobbying for an animal shelter to be erected in the Trinity Conception area.
Though the SPCA is doing a fine job, she offered, “not everybody can bring their animals to the shelter in St. John’s.
“If only there were some kind of shelter around here, where people could bring their animals instead of leaving them outside, with no one to look after them.”
Caitlin is willing to organize a fundraiser, if need be, in order to encourage the government to become involved.
“ We could even have an adoption day, where people could come in and adopt a pet,” she added with a smile.
Meanwhile, she reminded people of the responsibility that comes with owning pets.
“It’s a lot more responsibility than everybody thinks,” she said. “ They have to be cared for, looked after and cleaned up after.” Her final request is directed at cat owners themselves. “I’d like to ask people to not drop their cats off in Freshwater,” she pleaded. “Don’t dump them anywhere. Maybe give them to somebody who can care for them.”
Laura-Lee Hiscock, owner/operator of Happy Tails, a pet boarding, grooming and retail business in Freshwater, echoes Caitlin’s sentiments.
“I commended her for actually recognizing there is an issue,” Laura-Lee said.
Laura-Lee herself has been looking into opening an animal shelter.
“Right now, I’m trying to find out if we’re allowed to have a shelter in this area and what we’re allowed to do,” she added. “If we are, perhaps I can proceed with fund-raising.” This is exactly what her varied clientele are crying out for. Laura-Lee is currently awaiting a response to her concerns from an official with the provincial government.
Something needs to be done soon, she suggested. “Right now, the cat situation is getting out of control.” She’s interested in gauging public feedback. Caitlin and Laura-Lee are not alone in their concerns. “I know there are people here in my community who would volunteer some of their time to help with this project,” Caitlin said. “I also know I’m not the only concerned person here or in other communities, either.”
Together the duo will continue their mission of rescue.
of Freshwater tenderly holding a rescued Fifteen-year-old Caitlin Adams kitten.