By A. J. Llewellyn
This is my new baby kitty. Isn't he adorable?
He was slated for execution yesterday, but I saved him, by a whisker if you'll pardon the pun.
He's nine weeks old and pure, pure love. He is the sweetest boy, but like countless other cats and dogs, the state of California just wants to get rid of him.
I know in these harsh economic times that families are suffering, jobs are down, money's non-existent...in California, the water shortage is now a state emergency. Government employees are taking enforced days off each month, everyone's getting pink-slipped, but thanks to a new law signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, animals in shelters are being slaughtered in record numbers.
Animals brought to the state's shelters are given a scant THREE DAYS thanks to Arnie, to find homes. Or else.
Wednesday is D-Day for animals in the shelters and I used to receive a weekly email bulletin of all the adoptable animals slated for death. I had to drop the list since it rendered me hysterical each time I saw photos of wonderful, lovable animals in cages scheduled for euthanasia with the reason: LACK OF ROOM.
The prime victims? Puppies and kittens, because they're more work than adult animals. Also, whelping mother dogs and cats and their litters and any animal that requires extra medical care.
I know some people will roll their eyes that I am blogging about animals, but to me, they are the most innocent victims of our times. They are the true hidden homeless and there are many, wonderful people who rally each week and try and rescue all the animals they can but of course, countless numbers don't find a ninth life.
Please keep in mind, if you can, give a home to a shelter pet. If you can, foster a puppy or kitten, but above all, please think about emailing our Governor and asking him to grant our hidden homeless a longer life.