Target: Fond du Lac City Council President Samuel Meyer
Goal: Stop the recent trend of abandoning pets in the Wisconsin town of Fond du Lac
The Wisconsin town of Fond du Lac has made numerous headlines over the past year for a slew of animal abuse cases, all involving abandonment. Nobody is still quite sure what is causing the trend, but the toll it is taking on the animals and the medical expenses created for local animal shelters has become unbearable. Many shelters are reaching out to residents for donations because they simply can’t foot the bill anymore. This is truly tragic news and something must be done immediately to help both the animals and the shelters.
It started with four one-week old kittens that were found in a dumpster at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. Two survived and two did not. A local resident found them inside trash bag and brought them to the humane society. The only reason two survived was that the shelter was taking care of a nursing mother at the time who helped wean them. Then came Buttercup, an eight-week old malnourished puppy abandoned in the city with a broken leg. Two coonhounds named Polly and Penney were found emaciated and abandoned along the highway. Most recently, a Poodle named Jasper was found dying along the same highway. Sadly, these are just a few of the cases.
The local humane shelter was forced to start a medical fund in which donations can be given to help them deal with the major medical expenses these cases have burdened them with. “We want to make sure that animals who come in with major medical issues do not have to be euthanized,” said Renee Webb of the Fond du Lac Humane Society. Fortunately, all of the above stories have happy endings. Students at a local high school raised $600 to help pay for Buttercup’s surgery, all of the dogs have found homes, and the two surviving kittens are being cared for by their adoptive mother Cookie who literally nursed them back to health.
The number of animal abandonment cases Fond du Lac has seen in recent years is truly staggering. Something must be done to educate the town’s residents and get them to understand that abandonment simply isn’t an option. The pain it causes falls on the shoulders of so many. To remind locals that animals have value, the Humane Society posted a sign outside their shelter that reads “I am not rubbish.” Please sign the petition below to convince the town of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin that this statement is true.
Also, please help the Fond du Lac humane shelter, which continues to struggle, by donating to the Sweetie Medical Fund. A link can be found at the Fond du Lac Humane Society website. All of the proceeds pay for the medical expenses of the animals that arrive at the shelter.
Dear President Meyer,
Fond du Lac has been making national headlines over the past few years for what seems to be a trend of abandoning animals. Several dogs and cats have recently been found abused, malnourished, emaciated, and left to die along the highway or in dumpsters. The suffering these animals are forced to endure is unimaginable, but it doesn’t end there. Because the humane shelter works so hard to keep these animals from being euthanized, they have to foot the bill for their medical expenses. As a result, they are struggling financially, which ultimate reduces the number of animals they can bring into the shelter. It is a vicious cycle.
The people of Fond du Lac need to be educated about animal welfare and understand that their pets are not trash to throw away when they no longer want them. This trend has to stop before more animals are hurt. I strongly encourage you to investigate these cases of abandonment to find a cause, and also to start campaigns to help Fond du Lac residents understand that animals suffer and that their lives have value.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Sharon Roznik via the Fond du Lac Reporter