Playing one's part in neutering of strays
Recently I was buying some dog food in a pet shop at Birkirkara and I noticed that the lady before me was buying a large amount of cat food. Usually I mind my own business but then I heard her say to the shopkeeper that someone had abandoned some kittens in her area. So I plucked up the courage to ask her if all that food was meant for stray cats and she said that most of it was meant for the stray cats in her area. I asked her whether she neuters them in order to avoid them multiplying and she said that she can't do more than she is already doing...that in her opinion she is doing more than enough. I told her that feeding them is not enough and that the government has launched a neutering campaign where one can neuter stray cats for free. She told me that if I was so eager about it then I should do it myself.
I was a bit disappointed by her reaction. It's true that we all lead a busy life and I can understand her being angry that it's always the same people who end up doing the dirty work while most of the Maltese population just sit there and complain. I am doing my part by neutering the cats at my workplace but I can't neuter all the stray cats around Malta. Everybody should do his part.
I encourage people to call SPCA, Cat Sanctuary, Noah's Ark, Island Sanctuary or AAA and ask for information about the neutering tickets which are entitlement to neuter stray cats and dogs. If we don't neuter stray animals they will keep multiplying, facing early deaths, dangerous roads, hunger, disease and cruel humans. If we join forces we can make a difference.