Teenager on a mis­sion

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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