Steamboat Springs Editor's note: This letter is written in response to Ms. Susan Higgs' letter, published in the Daily Press on July 3.
The recent "Bone Appetite" fundraiser was held to benefit the work of the Humane Society of Moffat County, not the City of Craig Animal Shelter. The Humane Society of Moffat County, a nonprofit public charity, helps the animal shelter find second chances for animals that have run out of time for adoption in Craig. However, the Humane Society of Moffat County and the City of Craig Animal Shelter are two separate entities.
Most shelters in Colorado require spaying or neutering and vaccinating of pets, including feline leukemia testing of cats, prior to adoption or transfer to another shelter or rescue facility. This ensures the animals are healthy, protected against disease, and will not be contributing to the pet overpopulation problem, like the one already in existence in Craig.
The Humane Society encourages pet adoptions from our local animal shelter and supports vaccinating and spaying or neutering of pets to eliminate more unwanted litters of puppies and kittens being born due to random breeding.
Costs to spay or neuter, vaccinate, and transport Craig's unwanted and homeless pets to other facilities would be greatly reduced if the number of unwanted animals ending up in Craig's Animal Shelter decreased.