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Dogs and cats were the only big losers when the Jackson County Legislature approved its 2012 budget Wednesday.
Legislators declined to fund two agencies that have provided spay and neutering services and education for poor and low-income pet owners in Kansas City’s inner city the past five years. Instead, those funds are being shifted to social service programs aimed at helping people, such as those aimed at providing food to poor seniors and helping victims of domestic violence.
There was a sentiment among some legislators that people should be put ahead of pets in such a tough economy. But that debate happened behind the scenes. The measure passed without explanation or comment as the legislators largely rubber-stamped the $308.7 million budget that County Executive Mike Sanders submitted a month ago.
However, when they learned of the decision, representatives of the animal welfare agencies were vocal in their disappointment.
Everybody is missing a very important point. Pet animals are more than "just" dogs and cats. They are the only family many people have, and comfort to countless children and adults who have sadness and difficulty in their lives. Children who grow up with pets in the home are more likely to be kind to others and have better social skills. Failure to fund animal services is a direct endorsement of increased animal abuse -- and by extension abusive behavior among people -- and a decrease in the social health of an entire community. Shame on Jackson County.
Originally posted by Garfee
They are spending money on needy people instead of stray animals?
Originally posted by JIMC5499
I do have a problem with a program that was run in my city. They would trap ferral cats, spay or neuter them, give them a Rabies shot AND THEN RELEASE THEM where they were trapped.
We have had six small children in the last two years, who have had to have Rabies shots, because there was no way to tell if the cats that bit them have had their Rabies shots.
These clowns won't even put a tag in the ear of the cat so we can tell that it has had it's shots.
Every dog in the State has to have a license, which requires a Rabies shot, why shouldn't the same be for cats?
I have shot at least six cats that have had Rabies, I turn the carcasses in for testing.
I have also returned over twenty cats to their owners, because, they have had collars with ID tags.
As much as animals are very cute, very innocent, and oftentimes very helpless, I do think that it devalues humanity as a whole to place some humans lives as less important than the lives of animals.