Letters to the editor

Wake up folks
Where in the world did (Messenger Staff Writer) Christine Bryant get her information on coyotes? (“Coyotes are valuable member of wild Ohio,” published in the Dec. 15 edition of the Southeast Messenger.)

Let’s talk personal experience – that is real.

I had a pack of coyotes take down a deer across the street from my house. They were in wild attack mode.

I had a passerby tell me as I was walking up my road in Madison Township that a pack of coyotes had just crossed the road ahead of me. I turned around and went home (even though I carry a large stick with me for protection against stray dogs that might take offense to my presence).

I can believe that wildlife people want the general population to support the existence of wild animals that seem to be perceived threats, but it is not good to have insufficient information for their personal safety.

Wake up folks. Check your sources. You have a duty to fulfill.

Jane McKelvey
Madison Township

Love is ageless
Save a life and make your own better by giving an older dog a home.

Many senior dogs are waiting in shelters right now, hoping to be part of a family again.

Puppies are cute, but older dogs are adorable, usually more mellow and housetrained, too. With a senior dog, what you see is what you get in size and personality.

Dogs today are living longer, healthier lives. Your act of kindness could also help you live a longer, healthier life. Taking walks together is a great way to get more exercise and meet new friends. Just petting a dog lowers blood pressure.

The Grey Muzzle Organization, a national non-profit that gives grants to animal welfare groups to help save senior dogs, envisions a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid. Please help make that dream a reality by opening your heart and home to a senior dog.

Many shelters and rescue groups offer reduced adoption fees. To find your new best friend, simply search online at sites like petfinder.com or adopt-a-pet.com, or visit a shelter near you.

Stop the Suffering animal rescue has wonderful older dogs like Houwee, a Lhasa Apso; Rhett, a Shepherd; Licorice, a Labrador Retriever mix; and Beau, a Labrador Retriever, are ready to go home with you. You can be a hero by giving a senior pet the chance to love and be loved again. In return, you’ll receive the unconditional love, companionship, and devotion of a grateful dog. Visit stopthesuffering.org to find a wonderful senior!

Stop the Suffering, P.O. Box 21703, Columbus, OH 43221-0703
Daytime contacts: Jenn Loughnane 703-969-4181 and Lynne Arsonson 614-648-1988.

Jennifer Loughnane
Stop the Suffering

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