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Thank you for printing the May 16 editorial by Sherrill Robinson entitled "Cats and Kittens Must Learn to Bark in North Hempstead." Upon moving to North Hempstead in the fall of 2000, I was disappointed to read that although there is a shelter for dogs, there is not a town shelter for cats. I hadn't read anything since nor do I recall it mentioned during the fall campaigns. It's refreshing to see that the issue is finally being addressed. However, the response is not adequate.

A spay-neuter program is a good start, but it doesn't eliminate the need for a shelter. I echo Sherrill's comments that "If this is the first phase of the plan to help cats, hopefully, the town will now unveil its future plans to the public and exactly when they will be implemented." A large percentage of the Town of North Hempstead residents own animals. It would benefit all residents to keep sick, homeless cats off the streets and to have the comfort of knowing that should they lose a beloved pet there is a safe place for it to stay - regardless of whether it barks or meows.

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