Letters to the Editor -- August 12, 2011

PETA gets out its message on animals

Right now, all over the world, millions of cats and dogs are staring out from behind bars in animal shelters, longing for a friend, or scrounging for food, dodging traffic and struggling to survive on the streets.

On Aug. 20, International Homeless Animals’ Day, caring people everywhere will pause to remember these animals and commit to ending animal homelessness. Here are some ways each of us can help reach the day when every animal has a loving home:

• Have your dog or cat spayed or neutered (call 1-800-248-SPAY for the nearest low-cost spay/neuter clinic).

• Pay for someone in a low-income area of your community to have their animals sterilized or donate to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

• Promise to always adopt animals from shelters and never buy them from pet stores or breeders. Buying animals steals homes from animals in shelters.

• Volunteer to walk dogs or play with cats at your local animal shelter.

• Encourage your city leaders to pass a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.

For more ways to make a difference for homeless animals, visit www.PETA.org.

Lindsay Pollard-Post
The PETA Foundation

Resident gets great local service

I have been a resident of the Quiet Resorts for over 20 years. I understand the whole “Slower Lower Delaware” nickname and have sometimes seen evidence when contracting with someone who turns up three weeks after the agreed-upon time. However, in the past week, I have seen what true community means.

I called a handyman, Paul Czapracki, to ask about a few small things I needed done. He came by, took a look at what I wanted, and then he told me I could easily do these things myself and save money. He told me just what to do. I did it myself, and it wasn’t hard at all!

He then told me of someone to call to get a minor thing fixed on my shower stall, an issue that had not been done correctly by the builder seven years ago. I called Jim, of Go-Glass, who came by, fixed the problem quickly and didn’t charge me because the error shouldn’t have occurred in the first place when the builder built my house.

Both of these men were gracious, timely, professional and honest. They were even nice to my dogs! I want to thank them publicly, as they represent the best of SLD, and they have only confirmed for me that I chose the right community to make home.

Anne Weeks