Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Speak up for the animals

Do you own a shelter pet? Most of us who live in this valley do. We have an opportunity to give back to the pets from the shelter that have enriched our lives by helping to stop animal cruelty in the state of Idaho.

Many of our beloved dogs and cats from the shelter have been victims of that cruelty, as evidenced by broken bones, cringing, fear of being left alone because of abandonment, etc. As you saw in the Jan. 20 paper, the Humane Society of the United States has Idaho on its blacklist for not being a state that legally has serious consequences for abuse in the ownership of a pet. We are rated second to last.

The time has come for that to change and for us to move forward into the modern area of protection of life, which has equal value regardless of species. 1 of 3 is a group in Idaho mobilizing its forces to get enough signatures to put this onto the Nov. 8 ballot for a vote by its citizens since our legislators have refused to do so.

It is an incredible opportunity for students, families and all of us to spend a little time and get so much back in return. It is an opportunity for education on how to enact the true power of government, which is our right as the people, and also an opportunity to protect the lives of the animals we have loved and who love us in return in one swoop.

Volunteer. Bring your children along to help. Students and valley pet owners, let's come on down! Speak for the animals. Contact me, the Blaine County volunteer coordinator at

Katie Van Hees


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