To the Editor:
I returned to the Warwick Animal Shelter after an absence of about three weeks, and was overwhelmed by the number of cats in the cat room. All the volunteers have been alerted to the number of cats there, but to see them yourself is very depressing.
Take Walter. As soon as you enter the cat room, Walter comes up to you and rubs against your legs. If you sit on the floor or on a chair, Walter will be the first cat to jump on your lap and will stay there for your entire visit. He is a laidback cat that should be in a home where he could get to sit on a lap for as long as he likes. What a wonderful companion cat he would be for some lucky person.
A cat and her kittens found behind Wal-Mart earlier in the year are still at the shelter. These kittens literally grew up at the shelter. Now they are almost 1 year old. They love to play, and come in a variety of colors. All of the shelter cats have great personalities thanks to all the volunteers who visit the cats and spend time with them and the staff who try to interact while cleaning and feeding them. Unfortunately, most of the volunteers have cats of their own and can’t take on more.
It would take a longer letter than this to describe all the wonderful cats waiting to go to a forever home. While all these cats are receiving the best food and medicine, if needed, and certainly love of all the volunteers and overworked staff, these visits can’t take the place of a permanent home.
If you have been thinking of adopting a cat, now is the time to visit our shelter. Also, if you are interested in a foster situation, you can call the shelter at 468-4377 and ask one of the staff for more information.
Humans have created the problem of overpopulation of cats and it is our obligation to help shelters such as the Warwick Animal Shelter to take humane care of these animals and try to find homes for them.