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Joyce Coomer: Please care for your animals
Two small kittens lost their lives on Jamestown Street this morning . . . I didn't know these kittens. I had never heard them purr, never felt the softness of their fur, never watched them learn how to pounce on a grasshopper. My day is saddened by their needless deaths and I sincerely hope no little girl will be crying this evening because her beloved kittens are no more.
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By Joyce Coomer
There are many things that delight me in the mornings -- fog, morning glories, songbirds trilling happily, crickets chirping in the high grass, cat trails through the dew in the yard . . . .
And then I leave my house.
Two small kittens lost their lives this morning on Jamestown Street. One black kitten, one gray kitten with faint yellow spots.
The black kitten was in the curve at Speedway; the gray kitten was at the curb in front of TSC. Innocent creatures of God who will never again purr, never relish a fresh bowl of milk, never bring laughter to a child.
I cannot understand people who are so insensitive to their animals' needs and lives. It was cool and cloudy this morning when I got out of bed, and we had a heavy dew at our house, so I can only assume that these dear little creatures were on the frame of someone's vehicle and fell off and were subsequently killed.
Please, please, please. Please be aware of where your animals are BEFORE you start your vehicle. If you park beside your house, feed animals AWAY from the vehicle and just before you are ready to leave for work, not as soon as you get up which allows cats time to finish their food then get on a vehicle frame to clean their faces and keep their feet dry. By the time you finish your morning ablutions they are sitting comfortably on your vehicle's frame, perhaps dreaming of what delights you'll feed them at night. If you feed them just before you get into your vehicle (and please blow the born and wait a few seconds BEFORE turning the key to start the engine), they will be interested in the food and most usually stay away from any vehicles for a few minutes.
I didn't know these kittens. I had never heard them purr, never felt the softness of their fur, never watched them learn how to pounce on a grasshopper. My day is saddened by their needless deaths and I sincerely hope no little girl will be crying this evening because her beloved kittens are no more.
Joyce M. Coomer
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