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Letter: Standing up for cats

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:23 am

As an animal lover, I have read with interest the articles about the Cat Lady and have (or had) even decided that I should contribute to her effort with her to continue with her feeding and litter box patrol.

This is a woman who has taken it on herself to deal with a problem that other noncaring people have caused. When first reading the paper about the Cat Lady, I thought it was a human interest article to commend a lady who was going above and beyond her duty. That is not what happened.

We then hear from the people, who I feel are so miserable in life that the only way they can survive each day is to make misery for as many other people as they can (“Cats still break the ‘no trespassing’ sign,” The Daily Astorian, Sept. 18).

So no one is allowed to take care of these animals, and if they are caught trespassing, they can be arrested.

It was mentioned that transients also live in the cats’ area. Really. Nothing like living in an area with cat feces. Why would a transient live with the cats when they can just go to the river side of the George Brugh property and live among all the other junk he has there?

My message to the Cat Lady is this: If you want to make a stand, I will stand with you on the “No Trespassing” property, and be arrested, if that’s what it takes.

I also ask others to join us in this effort. If she agrees, I will provide a phone number.

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  • antar44 posted at 9:28 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    antar44 Posts: 1

    There are many many communities with feral cat populations that are successfully looked after by the community. As a new resident to Astoria, I am saddened to see such an attitude of heartlessness towards feral cats that need our help and am also offering to help the wonderful people who have fed and cared for them. Please add me to your list! We need to organize a NON KILL SHELTER in this community such as that in Tillamook (United Paws of Tillamook). Astoria is a wonderful community, let's include unwanted animals as part of it.

  • David Douglas posted at 5:56 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    David Douglas Posts: 268

    I've only been around here 66 years but in that short time from the git go it was no secret that Astoria had successful feral cat population what with the rich feeding opportunities presented by fish processing and the milling/storage/shipping of grain. Though those resources are now a fraction of their former glory the cats would adjust accordingly, but to subsidize by feeding and allowing the numbers to escalate is bad management by anyone's estimation. I understand the human need to care and nuture things-I just think some people have their priorities misplaced

  • fishwrapper posted at 10:31 am on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    fishwrapper Posts: 8

    You fail to support your statements. Why is it wrong to feed animals that other humans lacking any morality or ethics have dumped, failed to care for or failed to fix? How is it moral or ethical to just kill them. Can we start taking down the hugh transient population in this town? Oh not we can't they are free think and reasoning people but we should just kill animals without that capability because some humans a jerks, idiots and just lacking.

  • David Douglas posted at 10:45 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    David Douglas Posts: 268

    Ridiculous. The cats should not be fed by "Cat Lady" or anyone else-either round'em up, clean them up and adopt them out or send them to kitty heaven, but to allow Kitty Krusaders, who erroneously refer to themselves as "animal lovers, to create an ever expanding stray cat population is wrong, both morally and ethically. It's the baliwick of kooks, screwballs, moonbats and people who write letters to the editor.

  • fishwrapper posted at 12:54 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    fishwrapper Posts: 8

    You are correct their are alot of miserable petty people in this town who just refuse to let others and animals live in peace. They have to complain and stick their long noses in everything and have the nerve to claim it is in everyone's best interest. They bother the transients less and have no problem with them urinating all over, pandering, using drug and harassing people at various riverside locations. I have seen the area and it was well cared and tended. I would certainly like to film and put it and contact info on youtube. I think my 73 year old mother might be interested in the arrested part.


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