Animal Abandonment: A Community Issue
Two cardboard boxes, left on our front step overnight on Friday. The word “cat” written on both in green ink. Inside, a mother cat and two young kittens. No food. No water. No real protection from the elements. Just two taped-up cardboard boxes containing Genevieve, Nook, and Cranny.
Now is a time of great strain for animal shelters across the country. Many shelters are at or near full capacity and are being forced to turn away would-be owner surrenders. However, some are opting to abandon their pets at the doorsteps of shelters. Abandoning an animal endangers its life and further overwhelms an already stressed shelter. It is also a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.