Thursday, August 16, 2007

Our priorities are a CAT-astrophe

From TAC President E. Fuller Torrey:

I was recently startled to learn that homeless cats are a higher priority than homeless people with schizophrenia.

Alley Cat Allies was organized in 1990 to protect homeless and feral cats by promoting programs for their sterilization and vaccination rather than their euthanization. The organization has three regional offices and a staff and budget three times larger than TAC's.

I like cats, but somewhere along the line our priorities have become badly skewed.

TAC is the only organization trying to promote treatment for individuals with severe psychiatric disorders who are not being treated - the ones who are ending up homeless on the streets and in jails.

Homeless people with untreated mental illnesses certainly deserve our intervention. It is clear we have a lot of work to do, and we need your help to do it.