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After poor Kitty was dumped, are we really a nation of pet lovers?

PUBLISHED: 18:30 05 November 2007 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

Kitty... abandoned, but now rescued

Kitty... abandoned, but now rescued

BRITAIN is known as a nation of animal lovers. But after last week s report of Kitty the cat abandoned in a street car-park in Shoreditch, are we really such pet lovers? (Advertiser, November 1 and website). Animals are bred each year to supply t

BRITAIN is known as 'a nation of animal lovers.' But after last week's report of Kitty the cat abandoned in a street car-park in Shoreditch, are we really such pet lovers? (Advertiser, November 1 and website).

Animals are bred each year to supply the pet industry, mostly to be sold in pet shops.

But a glance through the ads in local newspapers will often reveal a long list of breeders selling animals.

Too often, 'impulse' buying or an animal being given up as an 'unwanted' gift can lead to neglect or abandonment.

Many potential owners do not realise that the 'cute puppy' might grow into a boisterous dog, or the pretty kitten might scratch the furniture.

The novelty quickly wears off. As a result, thousands of animals in need of a good home languish in charity shelters (like poor Kitty who was rescued by an Advertiser reader), while breeders continue producing pedigrees to fetch large sums of cash.

Those who can offer a permanent, safe and loving home to a 'companion' pet should always adopt from an animal shelter, rather than buy from these dealers, to ensure they are spayed and neutered to prevent pregnancy.

Animal Aid gives all the information. Tel: 01732-364546, website: www.animalaid.org.uk

Think about this in the months running up to Christmas. Don't buy pets as gifts.

Susan Bich

King-street, Plaistow

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*See also news section: 'Stray cat Kitty rescued after Advertiser website appeal'

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