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'These Dogs Do Not Attack People': Woman Makes It Her Life's Mission to Feed Stray Dogs, Cats -- Every Day


Animals  (tags: animals, humans, stray dogs, stray cats, feeding stray dogs and cats, animalwelfare )

Yrna
- 1315 days ago - bnd.com
P.J. Hightower is so much of an animal lover that she drives every day through southwestern East St. Louis, feeding stray dogs and cats. She braved the cold and wind that whistled through her car to get to the bags of dog and cat food she carried.



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Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 12:08 pm
These are the stories of untold heroes who give their time, and money to feed homeless animals.
I have a cousin, Mimi, who lives in Hollywood Florida, who has been feeding feral cats for over 10 years. She does this after work, and when she cannot be there, she has reliable people who help out. She spends over $80 dollars a month to feed these animals.
She is one of thousands who need to be applauded.
 

Cindy C. (125)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 12:29 pm
god bless her
 

Marti Williams (170)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 12:46 pm
Thanks for wonderful people like her....
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 1:23 pm
noted, thnx. i hope House Bill 240 will pass.
 

. (0)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 2:23 pm
yrna, thx & gladly noted!

p.j. is a wonderful human being; thank god for her!

my cousin & his wife, just adopted another special needs dog; their last, a blind cocker, recently passed; he was very special needs as not only was he blind, he was abused, so he had a chip on his shoulder, & rightly so. but they gave him several years of love & warmth, which showed him not all people are evil, like his first owner. - rest in forever peace, bambino.....
 

DebrahAnna Esposito (10)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 5:19 pm
his lady is wonderful, she is an earthbound angel! She should be an inspiration to other people
 

Nancy sands (446)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 7:55 pm
Instead of grammys and oscars these are the people that should get an award!
 

Toni C. (508)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 8:52 pm
Debrahanna, I couldn't send you a green star because I've already given you one this week. The lady in this story is truly a blessing! The poor, downtrodden, and homeless always tug at my heart, whether they be people or animals. I wish I was in the position to help them all, but that's not possible, so I have to sit here and applaud those who can.
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 9:03 pm
God bless her and to all the people here at Care 2 who make a difference every day. Thank you Yrna.
 

Shirley S. (174)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 9:31 pm
A wonderful person.
 

Jack Price (5)
Monday February 14, 2011, 2:17 am
Great woman!
 

Kay M. (351)
Monday February 14, 2011, 9:06 am
wow
 

Sarah Z. (10)
Monday February 14, 2011, 9:24 am
How great for her! Thank you for all that you do!
 

-- -. (5)
Monday February 14, 2011, 9:40 am
nice
 

Val R. (243)
Monday February 14, 2011, 9:53 am
Cross-posted - always looking for great nice news - thank you.
 

Kath P. (10)
Monday February 14, 2011, 10:20 am
Kind hearted individuals ground this chaotic world. Ms Hightower is a shining example to us all.
 

Suzana Megles (3)
Monday February 14, 2011, 10:35 am
Someone called this beautiful lady an earthbound angel - Agreed! Someone said that the oscars and other awards should go to people like her - Agreed!I know that St. Francis loves her as he watches her loving care for the
strays. I know that God loves her even more for caring for His animals who have been neglected and abandoned and who need her loving solitations.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 14, 2011, 10:42 am
fine woman :)
 

Kate A. (10)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:13 am
She seems to be an amazing woman, I applaud her.
 

Deanna Shoemaker Cabrera (7)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:23 am
What an amazing woman! People should never abandon their animals. All here know that. But an "angel" like Holbrook deserves all the help that can be provided.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:24 am
Great article thanks for sharing!!
 

Brian M. (155)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:24 am
This woman may need to be investigated just in case she is hoarding animals at her house. Feeding stray animals is irresponsible and completely inappropriate as a means of caring for unwanted animals. Strays should be taken to local shelters for medical treatment and the possibility of adoption. Don't let the fact that she is a nice lady acting out of kindness blind you to the fundamental wrongness of what she's doing. By feeding these animals, rather than turning them into a shelter, she making it possible for these animals to reproduce and create a new generation of strays that will be significantly larger. Stray animals need to be taken into shelters for professional veterinary treatment including neutering and/or spaying.
 

Susan d. (61)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:44 am
Brian, I fed a feral colony of cats for over 7 years in England. During that time I had every single one of them neutered or spayed (with the help of my vet who only charged me his costs - not for his own time). I managed to home many kittens before I could catch the mothers. I also had two of the colony as my own pets as house cats as they had some ongoing health issues. The rest I returned to the colony to live as they knew. All I did was be there to provide somewhere warm to sleep and a full stomach. This was the life these cats understood and they did very well indeed. I must presume that you didn't read the article because it states that the lady is not allowed to spay or neuter these animals and then return them. Many of these animals belong to people who just let them roam free. Also many pounds would just euthanise these animals - very few would consider these semi feral animals to be adoptable. The lady does give medical help when needed. What this lady does is at the very least to provide basic relief from hunger, which must make these poor animals lives a little easier. I would rather these animals were fed than, as you would prefer, rescued and most likely killed.
 

Siti R. (12)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:48 am
bless her heart and those like her!!
 

H H. (0)
Monday February 14, 2011, 11:48 am
These animals must be spayed and neutered but until that can be accomplished they have to eat. I hope that they can raise enough money to build a shelter but until then if animal control picks up these animals most of them will be put down because of illness, personality and not enough homes for them. If people were responsible then Mrs Hightower wouldn't have to be on the street in sub zero weather trying to help these poor animals but until that happens what do you do let the all starve to death??? I guess some would rather do that then try to make a difference.. Then back to the main issue spay and neuter your animals.
 

Carol Cowbrough (95)
Monday February 14, 2011, 12:13 pm
Bless this woman.
 

Tammy V. (119)
Monday February 14, 2011, 12:21 pm
This lady is taking care of the animals basic need of food. The article did mention that the animals need to be spayed and neutered. Taking the animals to a regular shelter would be a death sentence. Maybe this lady could find some non-profit no-kill shelters to ease her burden and help her with her labor of love
 

. (0)
Monday February 14, 2011, 12:30 pm
what a glorious human being
 

Crystal T. (20)
Monday February 14, 2011, 1:50 pm
Wish there were more like her. What a wonderful person
 

Patricia Myers (77)
Monday February 14, 2011, 1:52 pm
wonderful article happy to note thankyou
 

Tamila mendoza (177)
Monday February 14, 2011, 2:00 pm
What a spectactular human being! I love animals too. I live where there arent alot of strays like that but when I do cross paths with one, I usually rescue it!
 

june bullied (553)
Monday February 14, 2011, 2:17 pm
couldnt agree with you more Susan B. as for Brian M. - you're a doorknob!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday February 14, 2011, 2:55 pm
Great , wonderful lady !!!
 

Michelle S. (455)
Monday February 14, 2011, 3:14 pm
THANK YOU. THIS WOMAN CHALLENGES THE NEVER-ENDING QUEST OF SOME FOLKS TO DEMONIZE ANIMALS NO MATTER WHAT. CLEARLY, THERE ARE DANGEROUS DOGS IN THE WORLD, BUT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THIS WOMAN IS A SAINT.
 

Alicia v. (181)
Monday February 14, 2011, 4:48 pm
Another Angel on Earth. Thanks sweet lady. Thanks Yrna.
 

SANDRA ROCHA (146)
Monday February 14, 2011, 5:36 pm
God bless her. Thank you Yrna.
 

Evelyn B. (80)
Monday February 14, 2011, 8:28 pm
Noted Tks Yrna... P.J. your are the Hero an Angel, to these precious animals...
I have to agree Brian M. you are more then a DOOR KNOB..If it weren't for Irresponsible
owners who don't Spay or Neuter or abandon these animals. We wouldn't have this
problem. would we. Shelters all over North America are to the brim with animals. because
of the stupidity of humans who don't spay/neuter.. I'd like to give this P.J. a big Hug..
 

Susan S. (191)
Monday February 14, 2011, 10:01 pm
What a kind-hearted soul It is true that one of the issues is to spay and neuter and rescue where possible. What this compassionate woman is doing is a miracle and she deserves support. Thanks for posting.
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 2:43 am
blessings for a lovely soul.
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 5:49 pm
These two women, P. J. Hightower and Jamie Case of Gateway Pet Guardians show a great deal of courage along with an amazing spirit of generosity and kindness. Wish there was some way for them to know how much they are appreciated for what they do.
 

Pat B. (354)
Tuesday February 15, 2011, 5:56 pm
What compassion!!! What love!!! She is a blessing to these cats and dogs, and many would not survive w/o her. TY, Yrna for this great story!!
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Monday February 21, 2011, 4:32 pm
Thanks
 

colleen p. (38)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 12:50 pm
if you feed stray animals, they are your responsibility, and thus YOUR "pet".
 
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