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Grade 6 students at St. James Elementary recently got a lesson in persuasive writing and involvement in their local newspaper.

After reading an article in The Gulf News several weeks ago about a proposal that would see the creation of an animal shelter for the southwest coast, Teacher Lorraine Griffin thought about her students.

Grade 6 students at St. James Elementary recently got a lesson in persuasive writing and involvement in their local newspaper.

After reading an article in The Gulf News several weeks ago about a proposal that would see the creation of an animal shelter for the southwest coast, Teacher Lorraine Griffin thought about her students.

"I thought the story was intriguing and want to see how my students would respond to the issue," she said. "Most of these children have pets and I know the topic had relevance."

She asked the students to write a letter to the editor at The Gulf News expressing their opinions on the issue. Mrs. Griffin said the results were fantastic and submitted a few of the letters for publication.

Jonna Starr Kendall

Dear Editor,

I think we should have a SPCA. It would help the animals on the street and lost pets. Think about it, imagine you found a lost, lonely pet on the road. You did everything you could but the owner was, I don't know, let's say, out of town. And no one said anything and your son is allergic to the dog. What would you do?

You wouldn't just put it down would you? I would take it to the SPCA. So, if the owner came back he or she could go to the SPCA to find their dog.

It would also be a great place for pets who have no one to look out for them, or if something happened to their owner. OK, look at it this way, if you saw a pet being abused, and you called the dog pound, did you know that now that poor dog might just be put down. And it's all because of you when you made that phone call. Or if the pet's owner died, where would the pet go? Well it could go to the SPCA right?

And another thing is if the pet deserved a better owner, then maybe a new better owner might come and adopt that poor little abused dog. It's also a good way to stop euthanasia (putting pets down).

I hope you understand and I also hope you put the SPCA in our town.

Love pets,

Jonna Starr Kendall

Andrew Graham

Dear Editor,

I really think that an SPCA is necessary here in Port aux Basques region. This would be very nice for the abused and aggressive pets.

There are many good reasons to have a SPCA here. A major reason is animal abuse. People who are mean or beat animals are not very nice people. The pets are mad and can get very aggressive to their owners. The SPCA can stop this. If they have proof that the animal is being abused, they can take in the animal until someone wants to adopt it. They train and give the animals lots of love to help them forget about their past.

The SPCA us a very good place for people who love animals and want to do volunteer work. The animals will thank you greatly.

The SPCA is a very good place. You can adopt animals there and you can help them find new owners.

The SPCA is a great place and there should be one in Port aux Basques.

Andrew Graham

Jill Ingram

Dear Editor,

I agree with the article saying that there should be an SPCA here in Port aux Basques. We should have had one many years ago. So many pets are abused, lost or have no one to take care of them. If we get an SPCA, all of those problems will come to an end.

Everyday I see animals running around on the streets and I think to myself, don't they have an owner to take care of them? Well, I know they have owners, but the owners certainly do not take care of them. I can't imagine how these pets are treated. Some of the pets in this area are kept outside all night. The pets are not fed, brushed or even bathed. I am forever feeding, brushing, bathing and playing with my dog. These poor pets are even drinking out of puddles and eating garbage scraps. I mean can't the owners just leave some food by the door step for their pets to eat?

If we had an SPCA they would take care of pets who are abused, poorly treated, are not taken care of, take care of pets who have owners who are too sick to even take care of them. They would even take in pets if the owners moved and were not allowed to take their animals with them. It would be just like a homeless shelter for animals. Now, don't that sound better than having animals on the streets? I think so!

Jill Ingram

Toni Leamon

Dear Editor,

The Port aux Basques area absolutely needs an SPCA. We have poor animals being left on the street, being abused by their owners and sometimes just needing a new home because their owners can't take care of them anymore. We desperately need an SPCA.

Just think about how much easier it would be to find your pet if it ran away and someone found it, or if you saw someone abusing their pet you could report it. Some animals who are being abused have to stay with their hurtful owners because nobody wants to go all the way to Stephenville or Corner Brook just to bring a pet to the SPCA. Animals are being abused all over the Port aux Basques area so we really need an SPCA.

Now-a-days more and more people are getting sick with cancer and other sicknesses and can't take care of their pets anymore. Also, sometimes people just get old or move away and have no where for their pets to go, so if we had an SPCA people could bring their pets there and people could adopt them. An SPCA is needed!

In my opinion, animals are just as important as people and need places to stay. I think everyone with pets would be grateful to have an SPCA in the Port aux Basques area.

Sincerely,

Toni Leamon

Organizations: Dear Editor, The Gulf News

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Stephenville, Corner Brook

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