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SPCA in Largo deserves our support, not criticism

Re: SPCA reveals kill rates story, Sept. 30

SPCA deserves our support, not criticism

I adopted a dog from the SPCA in May that was found roaming the streets, not spayed, without a microchip. Clearly, she had recently had puppies, somewhere. When her owner could not be found, she was brought there.

She was kept at the facility for more than two months because she had lost all her hair from a skin infection. Her adoption also required that two medical waivers be signed, as the SPCA, understandably, can no longer afford to continue to treat its animals indefinitely. I hesitated briefly because of the waivers, but she seemed like such a nice dog I couldn't consider leaving her.

I have lived in Pinellas County for 35 years. This is my second adopted dog from the Starkey Road facility. I have never been so naive as to allow myself to believe that they were able to keep all of the healthy, adoptable animals that are left on their doorstep.

Now that they have posted a sign that clearly states that your animal may be euthanized when you drop it off, I suppose some people may not be able to walk away with as clean a conscience as before. Sadly, I doubt that the sign will reduce the numbers.

Pet ownership is a long-term commitment and there are valid reasons for not being able to keep our pets. Irresponsibility is not one of them.

The dog I adopted has turned out to be the best dog I have owned. She is housebroken and well trained. The vet says that the waivers I signed were perhaps precautionary and very likely will never be a concern. She is happy and healthy and rarely leaves my side. She is spayed now and has a microchip.

I am grateful to the SPCA and their dedicated workers for all their efforts. They took in 900 animals in August alone! It seems to me that it has always been their goal to find a forever home for those that are most adoptable. It is a huge task considering the numbers, a task surely deserving my support and not my criticism.

Joy Kauffman, Largo

Re: For military families, kinship in hard times | story, Sept. 30

Thanks for sharing military family day

I was glad to see the great article that went with the pictures in the Largo Times about the Military Family Appreciation Day in Largo. I attended with my fiance and son, who was pictured in the article. My name is Crystal Mitchell, and my son is Caden Mitchell-Fox. The photographer, Dirk Shadd, did a wonderful job capturing the feeling of the day!

Crystal Mitchell, Valrico

Bus stop logic makes no sense to parents

We live on the corner of Ulmerton Road and Ridge Road. Our daughter's school bus and dozens of others pass right by our home several times a day. Our daughter's bus pickup is 3 miles from our home and the school transportation department will not make a stop at a corner that more than 30 buses pass each day. Why?

Dave Deddo, Largo

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SPCA in Largo deserves our support, not criticism 10/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2009 4:30am]
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