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Letters to the Editor published Feb. 8, 2012
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Pet overpopulation is in need of a solution

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Stanislaus County has a huge pet overpopulation epidemic. Perfectly healthy, adoptable animals never find their way out of our shelter. Our euthanization rate is one of the highest in the nation, and this doesn't include the homeless animals that die on our streets.

Our new shelter is testing a new plan with procedures oriented towards preserving life, but they need the participation of our citizens in making this community "no kill." They desperately need volunteers for the on and off-site adoption program, TNT (Trap/Neuter/Return) program and foster care program. "No Kill" is simply not achievable without the support of the community and for some reason this community isn't stepping up to the plate!

If you care about animals in this community you need to get involved and help make a difference! Volunteer your time, donate much needed supplies and add your voice to the cause. The Stanislaus County Animal Service Advisory Committee Agency has a regular monthly meeting open to the public but very few people from our community attend these meetings. The citizenry needs to become more actively involved in helping to enact changes at our shelter for the better.

The Airport District has the biggest over-population of dogs and cats in Stanislaus County followed by the city of Ceres. This is costing the taxpayers' money and the animals their lives. If you live in Ceres and would like to join our team to help the Ceres cats and dogs, please contact me. We need people for our Trap/Neuter/Return program in Ceres and Food program. The Stanislaus County Animal Service Advisory Committe Agency also needs a Ceres resident to serve on their committee.

People who care about the cats and dogs in Ceres need to start being part of the solution to end this suffering of dogs and cats in their city.

Karen Mosser,


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