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Letter: An advocate for animals

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 5:32 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I’ve been an advocate for animals my entire life and rescued abandoned and abused felines in Kane County for 30 years. It wasn’t likely that I would be able to just sit idly by and do nothing about the inequities I have seen. My strong sense of justice motivates me to try and make improvements that I can. During this time, I have learned more about people than these animals.

All of the components of my heart have been deeply affected for all of the animals that are cruelly treated, hunted, lost, deserted, frightened, hungry or put to death. I am disgusted by so many people who are a disgrace in how they have regarded and treated animals. I have rescued many of these less fortunate animals who were suffering and in pain from abuse and abandonment at the hands of humans. Every one of these animals has the same feelings that we all have.

Sadly, some that have been rescued will never get well as long as they are still on this earth and can’t be saved. But they don’t go alone, and I have gone along with so many of my furry friends. Every animal that I’ve rescued has gifted me with a piece of its heart, and – in return – I became as generous and loving as they all are. I have personally buried myself deeply in debt in providing the medical care that each one needed because of irresponsible people who dump them.

To those people who feel that they have a right to trap their neighbors’ cats, they should familiarize themselves with anti-cruelty laws, many of which felines are protected under. And maybe these laws and code enforcements should go after these kinds of people, instead of the people who have a heart of compassion for these animals.

C.J. Schultz

South Elgin resident and founder of Guardian Angel Feline Rescue

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