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To the Editor –

This letter is written in my capacity as President of the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter. My contact information is found below. I can reached at my home telephone number at 479-3535. Many thanks for your consideration.

June 22, 2007

Letter to the Editor

Exponential Growth of the Fertile Feline

One unspayed feline and her unaltered descendents can potentially produce 370,000 cats in 7 years!

We, at Bide Awhile Animal Shelter, are committed to helping vulnerable and homeless animals. However, Bide Awhile is forced to turn away approximately 30 animals a day or more than 7,000 each year. We believe in and aggressively promote responsible pet ownership. Owning a pet is a serious commitment and cannot be taken lightly.

In operation for nearly 40 years, Bide Awhile is one of Nova Scotia’s first no-kill shelters.

With no opportunity to expand our current 100 year old facility on Eaton Ave., Dartmouth, Bide Awhile is building a new shelter. We will then be in a better position to significantly expand our Rescue and Adoption, Spay and Neuter, and Education programs. We will continue to be active in a “pet visitation program” to nursing homes in HRM and participate in the Young Offenders Program by providing community work opportunities.

Our Capital Campaign to “Build a Better Bide Awhile” is underway. We have bought the land and have raised more than $200,000 with the help of some of our generous supporters, including HRM. We look forward to continuing to participate in “Building a Better Community” for us all as we seek support from our corporate sector and the residents of HRM to make our dream become a reality.

For further information on Bide Awhile and how you can help, call us at 902-469-9578 or check out our website at www.bideawhile.org.

Chris Hornberger, President, Bide Awhile Animal Shelter

By Chris Hornberger

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