Advice from Garbo

Dear editor,

This is an open letter to all Rockdale area residents.

My name is Garbo. Somebody out there may remember me, but probably not. I’m only 10 years old, but I have a story to tell you. It’s something that is very important to me. You see, I was abandoned when I was just a tiny baby, just about five weeks old. I was lucky, because I was left on the steps of a church and the pastor’s son adopted me. He gave me a good home, with lots of love and I have been very happy these last 10 years.

My problem is that I see a lot of babies born that are abused, neglected and abandoned. It’s a really scary world out there when someone abandons you and you can’t find food or shelter. I have seen a lot of my friends die from hunger, which is the worst death, or from being shot or run over, or all kinds of evil things.

I was too young when I was abandoned to remember any of my brothers or sisters, but a boy has been coming by to eat with us, who looks like me. He may be my brother, but it makes me so sad when I see him, because the last time I saw him, he had a big hole in the side of his head. He won’t let my adopted family help him, except to feed him, because he has led such a hard life and is afraid.

Before I go on with my story, as you’ve probably already guessed, I’m a cat. My family has adopted four other girls and one boy. Three of the girls and the boy are dogs and the other girl is a cat like me. My family has taken all of us to the doctor and had special operations done to us. We didn’t like the idea at first, but we have decided it makes life for us (and for them, too) a lot easier.

You see, I may be a cat, but I’m not stupid, and I know that cats and dogs do what comes natural to them and have more babies that are adopted when they are cute and abandoned when they become a problem. Then my adopted daddy, and other humans like him, have to pick up their bodies after they have been run over or starved, or whatever.

Here’s some good advice from a cat (and my brother and sisters, too), SPAY AND NEUTER your pets. Go to the shelter and adopt some of the abandoned. They’ll really love you for it. I guarantee!

My adopted mama, Carr ie Adams, helped me write this, because I don’t type too good.


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