Humboldt County sheriff’s office has new fan in PETA
Re: “Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office clarifies its position on unadoptable animals at the shelter” (March 3):
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deserves the community’s gratitude and support for protecting animals and the public by ensuring that its policy against warehousing unadoptable animals is followed.
Shelters should be temporary safe havens for lost and homeless animals, not storage facilities. Warehousing animals in cages for extended periods of time is cruel and detrimental to their psychological and physical wellbeing. Longterm kenneling causes many animals to become withdrawn, severely depressed, hyperactive, or aggressive — and less adoptable with every passing day.
Placing animals with histories of aggression or animals who are severely ill or injured not only endangers the public, it often results in animals being repeatedly returned, isolated, deprived of veterinary care, and left to languish.
We should all be outraged by the animal overpopulation and homelessness crisis. The solution lies in prevention. People who are concerned should focus on the root of the problem, by promoting and working to make available low-cost and free spay/neuter services, and urging legislators to pass spay/neuter requirements and laws outlawing the unregulated breeding and sale of animals by breeders, pet shops, flea markets, and puppy mills. With so many animals in need of good homes, no one should be worsening the crisis by breeding or buying more. To learn more, visit www. PETA.org.