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David DeCourcey with some of the cats he has rescued. About two years ago, DeCourcey decided to build a cat sanctuary for the many homeless countryside cats he had taken to watching over.
Editor: Regarding the commentary, “The case for animal rights, changing attitudes” (Henry Srebrnik, Oct. 10):
Canadian law considers animals chattel, something you own and can do whatever you want to. Something you can abandon, abuse, kill, torture and throw away as if they were pieces of trash.
But animals are sentient beings who feel pain, fear, love, hunger; no different than any human and the law should be changed to reflect that.
The Guardian, on Aug. 23 and 26, wrote about David the Catman who had up to 98 cats over the past 20 years (now down to approximately 40). He ended up with these animals because people considered them throwaways, they didn’t spay/neuter and could care less what their irresponsibility caused.
David cannot allow these animals to suffer so he does without so they have food and a place to live. He struggles financially and because his situation is caused by human irresponsibility, it should be up to us to help him.
I offered to try to get donations of cash/gas card/cat food, although the best scenario is to adopt his cats. I would pick up any donations and deliver to him. He drives one and a half hours return every second day to clean the barn, feed and water the cats and give them some cuddles. He does without the Internet because that means four bags of cat food he could not buy a month.
He and his wife live in a small two-room apartment so any donations to help him help the cats would be most appreciated. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Without David rescuing these abandoned animals and paying for over 50 spay/neuters himself with SpayP.E.I. and C.A.T. helping out with the rest, I would hate to think how many more cats would be suffering.
Please fix all pets and if a stray comes around, capture and call to have it fixed. Unless we do that there will never be an end to homeless cats.