To people who abandon their pets.
Senior Scene columnist Elaine Kniskern recently told the story of a cat that had been abandoned by its owners when they moved.
And Saturday, Dec. 8, a male mastiff was found with bowls of food and water on Frank Slawson Road in Franklin by Julia VanSteenburg, animal control officer for the village.
Animals that are used to being taken care of by humans can’t fend for themselves in the wild.
Ideally, people who get a pet will keep it for life. However, if for some reason the care cannot be continued, finding it a home or a shelter that will take it is vital. Pets shouldn’t be left behind or by the side of the road. People must remember pets are part of the family.
And if you are looking for a pet to care for for life, look at your local shelter.