Niagara Gazette


July 20, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Finding loyalty and love at the SPCA


Niagara Gazette — In closing, though the new NO KILL policy, which has reestablished the SPCA as the place for the community to look to for the protection of abused and stray animals, has put somewhat of a strain on utilizing the structure’s full capacity and then some, hundreds of innocent animals have been spared and given a second chance at taking on the coveted role of becoming someone’s loyal companion.

The people of the community need to “make it happen” in stepping up as the shelter’s support system by providing homes for these animals so many of which have terrific dispositions and gentle temperaments and are only asking for a chance at a real life. There are a lot of people already out there who do feel for these far too many, unspoken for, helpless creatures who never asked to be born. They “get” that these animals were put here for us to love and enjoy. And they aren’t “missing out!”

Cats and dogs bring so much joy and laughter into our often empty, sometimes bland households and into our very lives. Authoress George Eliot beautifully stated, “Dogs and cats are agreeable friends and perfect companions — they ask no questions, they pass no criticism. They love you no matter what. They won’t ever lie or deceive you or attempt to betray you. They have no ambition, no self-interest, no desire for vengeance, no fear other than that of displeasing. They give us always their absolute all. And we, in essence, are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.” Can any human friend live up to the same claims? A loving and loyal pet can keep us happy and sane and free from that “Hell of Loneliness” we’ve all experienced.

Ron Gawel is a Niagara Falls resident.

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