Agie the Willamina Library cat must find a new home within 10 days
The city council Thursday night voted, 4-0 with one abstention, to exclude all animals with the exception of service animals from public buildings.
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#1 Nov 17, 2010
I would appreciate these comments being forwarded to the distinguished Willamena City Council Members.
Regarding the eviction of the Willamena library cat, Agie: In case the Council Members are not aware, cats attach to locations, unlike dogs, who attach to people. A 14-year old toothless,declawed cat would have a difficult time adjusting to a new location.
Also,if the Council Members would note,said cat could not possibly harm a human child,and would opt for hide over harm,especially in a place with abundant hiding places,such as a library.Also, please note that as human children grow,it is incidents such as being clawed(or in this alleged instance,gummed)that teach what "too rough" is,and help children learn to control their bodies and actions.If this incident did indeed happen,the 2-year old has learned some valuable lessons: 1.be gentle with others,2.sometimes consequences to actions are not pleasant,and 3.there actually are consequences to actions, something this child's parents should encourage him/her to learn through experiences such as this incident.The consequence of not learning these lessons is a "spoiled brat" who grows up to be a frustrated,unhappy adult "brat" who can't figure out why he/she doesn't get everything he/she wants in life.
I would like to also point out that after reading the stories regarding the alleged "attack",I smell a rat,so to speak.This eviction sounds like a set-up to me;and if it sounds like a set-up to me,it will to others as well.I advise the elected Council Members that,as a rule,Americans don't react favorably to under-handed tactics.Politics,econimics-tho se things go by the wayside eventually;but we Americans love our pets,and any dirty dealings to do with pets receives lasting backlash.In going along with this eviction, the Council Members may find themselves out of jobs come next election.
Should anyone wish to do so,rooting out this particular rat would be a rather easy task,I would think.Simply look for the person who has complained the most about the cat's presence.Next,who does the 2-year old belong to? Are they related?Are they friends?I wonder if the abstaining vote in the Council's decision isn't the very person who has complained the most.
If someone with economic muscle is behind the eviction vote,it would be wise to remember that the public can take it's dollars elsewhere,as well as their votes.There are plenty of other towns close by in which to spend money.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
#2 Nov 23, 2010
We both feel badly for Agie and all of the library users in Willamina. Paddy has been a [high school] library cat for years and was informed, at the beginning of this school year by an unfriendly principal, that he can no longer be here, even as infrequently as he was here. Paddy and this librarian are sad and so are many many of the students. I hope Agie finds a good home and knows she will always be a Library Cat!
#3 Nov 29, 2010
The principal is clearly a disgruntled jerk who is mad that people like that cat better than him.
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