It makes NO sense to me, that we have decided to "domesticate" certain animals, and then we fail them miserably.
I loved Ranger, and he would have had a permanent home here, but he was a wanderer, I fed him every time he came and petted him, and loved him, and noticed he wasn't neutered.
But he was well fed, and I knew he belonged to "somebody."
When I found out who he belonged to, I "asked" permission to get him fixed, which the father of the girl who owned the cat readily agreed to, and also told me I could keep the cat. I got Ranger fixed and all of his shots.
But I couldn't make Ranger stay here and be with me. He was used to being out on his own, and one day his life ended, tragically short.
I knew what happened to Ranger.
You just know these things.
But I didn't want to hear it.
I saw the girl who the cat belonged to yesterday.
She was on her cell phone.
I didn't care.
I shouted to her: "Where is "Midnight?" (which is what she called Ranger).
She giggled, and I don't know if it was in reply to me or to who she was talking to on the phone … "he got hit and killed."
I asked "When,"
she said "a couple months ago."
I asked "Where?"
She pointed up the street in the direction of my house.
I walked away, and I heard her explaining to the person she was talking to about what happened to her cat.
Sometimes, people just suck — no other way to say it.
If you love your pet, SPAY and NEUTER.
If you LOVE animals, PLEASE ADOPT.
Every pet purchased from a breeder or pet store is one less homeless animal that has a HOME.
Today in the United States of America over 5 MILLION pets are euthanized because they DON'T HAVE A HOME.
Don't contribute to this statistic.
Thank you, on behalf of Ranger.