Mayor Gives Valentine to Homeless Cats & Dogs

Recently, I wrote about Andrea, the Utah cat who survived TWO euthanizing attempts, hypothermia and suffocation — and all in one day. Andrea’s iron-pawed will to live made international headlines and prompted animal activists to initiate a petition calling for the end of euthanizing gas chambers. Additionally, animal rights advocates in Utah began a slow but steady drumbeat calling for the West Valley City Animal Shelter, where the euthanizing attempts had taken place, to embrace a no-kill policy.

Well, the drum beat has been heard and tonight, in honor of Andrea the Cat, the City Council issued a proclamation that sets the goal of obtaining a “no-kill” designation for the West Valley City shelter. This goal can be achieved, they said, with the help of volunteers and local animal advocacy groups, such as CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society) and Best Friends Society.

Mayor Mike Winder, called the February 14th vote a “valentine to the animals.”

Jamie Carter, a CAWS volunteer, told the city council that she’s thrilled that instead of arguing over how to kill animals, the groups and city are going to work together on how to save them.

Last year alone, the West Valley Shelter took in over 5,000 animals and euthanized about 1,700. Now with the help of animal advocates, emphasis will be placed on responsible ownership and increasing adoptions.

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C H.
C H3 years ago

This is a fantastic step in the right direction, just really need to spread this movement across the globe for ALL animals.

Loretta P.
Loretta P3 years ago

Awesome !!! Thanks to all who are making this possible.

Silvana Martins
Past Member 3 years ago

I think of the horror that this cat suffered. She really deserves to live, and live with love, like all animals. And the authorities deserve recognition for what they did in this case.

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul."
(Jean Cocteau)

ravinder Singh
ravinder Singh3 years ago

thank you

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

A Good man indeed. Thank you Mr. Mayor!

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

Anytime you can draw attention to the plight of homeless dogs and cats is a good thing. Please take care of your pets and please spay and neuter them.

Abbe A.
Azaima A5 years ago

Wonder what happened to that cat.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Roisin S.
Roisin S5 years ago

great news. It's also good they are trying to educate people about responsible pet ownership. Maybe they should offer cheap castrations and neuterings also? After all the best way to reduce the numbers of animals coming into the shelter is to control the pet population humanely through neutering.

Wendye Kolles
Wendye Kolles5 years ago

EVERY animal deserves a long, healthy, happy and safe life. Companion animals should have the care, attention, affection, love, respect and protection they so richly deserve. God bless ALL animals! xo xo xo xo xo xo