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A purrfect outcome for the Winn-Dixie cats

April 18, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Our island residents and guests will be happy to learn that Winn-Dixie will continue to be a safe haven for the resident cats.

The Winn-Dixie Corporation says, "Dan Loughren, Pine Island Winn-Dixie Store Director, has reached out to the local pet shelter and withdrawn his request to have the cats removed.

"The Winn-Dixie team is committed to preserving the distinct characteristics and local flavor that make the Pine Island community so special. Recently, we've received feedback from our guests and neighbors regarding the cats that call our plaza home. Rest assured your neighborhood grocery store will remain a safe haven for the 'Winn-Dixie' cats."

Recently a declawed and injured cat was dropped at the Winn-Dixie plaza. Cats were born with claws for a reason. This cat had virtually no chance of survival but, fortunately, a kind soul took her and helped get her treatment and a home.

The Winn-Dixie Plaza is not a drop-off site for unwanted cats. While our local shelter is frequently full, please call Helping Paws and they can hopefully help those who must give up a cat find an alternative to dumping it in the wild. 283-9100. Better yet, stop by Helping Paws at 10060 Mallory E. Parkway in the Industrial Park to make a donation so they can finish expanding and provide forever homes or, hopefully, a new adopted home for unwanted cats.

I'd say this is a purrfect outcome for our island feline residents.

Kathy Jones

St. James City



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