I just read the article “Cat loather” [“Backwards & in High Heels,” March 4]. I am a pet environmentalist. I improve the quality of life for pets and their owners through education, nutrition, healthcare, animal communication and energy, hospice and palliative care and other ways. I love what I do. I love animals. I also work with a number of charity organizations in California and also with animal-rescue groups. In the past, I have helped with feral-cat rescue, which is a huge problem everywhere.
The cat, sadly, takes a back seat to the dog in the public eye. We work with what we have, and we are encouraged when people show up to help for free, giving their time, expertise and money toward helping animals that cannot help themselves. We change people's perceptions and help cats get homes they so desperately need. We work toward people embracing animals, particularly cats, because of their ability to heal and bring comfort. They do not discriminate—unlike people.
Cats and dogs speak a different language than we do. Owners learn that sometimes the hard way, but they do learn, and when we take the time to engage ourselves in their worlds, ours open up even wider. With the number of animals euthanized every day, the task of every animal lover, owner and worker seems daunting, but we go on because it makes us more human, and in a world where everything seems to be crumbling, animals continue to bring people together.
I specialize in helping people connect with themselves through their animals. When, for example, an animal exhibits a medical condition for which a cause cannot be found—or even one for which a cause can be found, but the owners are at a loss as to how this happened, how it can be cured and how it can be prevented—I step in.
After reading your article, I was saddened at the utter lack of humanity and insight in it. It was appalling on so many levels and can only serve to have people understand cats less. In a time when people need comfort, assurance, hope, humor with kindness, you print this. I urge you to counter this article with something wonderful about cats to balance it out, not for me or you, but for every feline on this planet that gets euthanized, killed, disregarded, discarded, tortured or starved every day. You understand the power of words, and seeing “Cat loather” in type assured me your writer has not listened to or been in the company of people who have lost their animals, who mourn them deeply, who work with sick animals or who have the insight into what is it exactly that makes us more human.Elizabeth Allen,Hillcrest
David Silva's “Post-Mortem” (March 18) reminded us as to how much time is wasted by City Council members and staff on commerative proclamations issued by the council. It took former Councilmember Toni Atkins eight years to do it, but I think she was able to issue a city proclamation “honoring” every one of her campaign contributors. Proclamations should be very limited in number and issued only under very special circumstances.
Ted W. Combs, Normal Heights
From the grave?
Thank you for the publicity [“City Week,” April 1] on my April 1 appearance at D.G. Wills' dilapidated bookstore, where even the dust is covered with dust. Now, that is what a bookstore should look like. I wish I could say that Mr. Wills is what a bookstore owner should look like, but that is a topic for another day. I talked about my latest cookbook, fielded questions, and drank frozen daquiris until my head hurt. (It hasn't hurt that badly since July 2, 1961.)
I hope you will assign one of your reporters (probably U-T retread layoffs) to review my excellent cookbook. Writing that book has been a real shot in the arm for me. I hope to resurrect my career. If it goes well, I will have you guys to thank. It is unlikely I will thank anyone, though. I will merely take all the credit.
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