Viewpoint: Don’t kill because you can’t pay the bill

As a person who grew up with at least one pet at all times, I naturally grew up to love animals. Yes, they can be annoying and make you angry when they break a vase or chew through your socks, but you know your pet holds a special place in your heart.

I found out something that just made me shudder with anger.

The Humane Society of Central Texas and the City of Waco were not able to come to an agreement over monetary contribution, so the City will take over the shelter.

I personally have not had a great experience with the shelter.

About a year ago, my brother picked up a stray kitten from a friend’s house and gave it to me. I couldn’t keep it due to my living conditions, so I was forced to take it to the shelter.

Not even a week later, my brother said one of his friends would be able to take care of the kitten for me until we moved into our new house.

I promptly emailed the shelter and inquired about the kitten.

The e-mail I received back was not a happy one. The kitten had been euthanized.

Since, I have vowed never to take another animal there, but things are only bound to get worse with these changes.
By Debra Gonzalez

Mayor Malcolm Duncan Jr. told the Waco Tribune-Herald that there may be more animals euthanized at first as the city and the society go through “learning curves.” How many animals have to die for your “learning curve?” Dozens? Hundreds?

Not only will animals die, but people will also lose their jobs.

Can’t the city contribute just a little more money so that we can keep animals safe, keep strays off the streets and let people stay at their jobs?

Part of the way we can work to help the shelter is by donating. If you cannot donate your money, donate your time. Donate your stained, used towels or blankets. Pet food, litter, toys, brushes… anything you can think of, they probably need it.

Let’s work together to keep these animals from being thrown in the “learning curve.”

Debra Gonzalez is a senior journalism- public relations major from Alice and edits the Arts and Entertainment section of The Baylor Lariat.