Wanda Gag's "Millions and Millions of Cats" is a children's story. But to me it is a horror story. I have lived it — I know how problems multiply when one takes in animals that have not been neutered.
Laurel Ware, who truly loves animals, as I do, is 100 percent right about people abandoning their pets. Our home on the outskirts of Ocotillo was an epicenter for animal abandonment.
I am no latter-day St. Francis, but like the brother of the beasts, I could not endure cruelty to animals. As litter after litter of kittens were abandoned on our property, we took them in and tried to feed them. The expense of feeding them became too much for our meager income; we tried to place the cats with Lulu Belle and the Humane Society. Neither would take them — they reported that they were filled to capacity.
Our own cats were neutered; the abandoned cats were not. They interbred until there were 48 of them. We were on our way, it seemed, to being inundated by the millions and millions of cats depicted in Wanda Gag's story.