They couldn't simply turn him loose in the world...
He wouldn't have been able to take care of himself and would have soon perished.
So we took him in, fed him, sheltered him, tried to make him as comfortable as possible. Knowing it was best for him, and for us, we had him neutered.
I've known Phyllis 30 years now. She's lived in public housing since
I met her in 1980. When we first met she had just given birth to twins, and had a 2 year old in diapers. She shopped with her "credit card"...
A State-supplied public aid card. Phyllis also took advantage of the W.I.C. program to supplement her family's diet with milk, cheese, and fruit juices.
Without this taxpayer aid, would Phyllis and her children have perished?
I don't know... being hungry and cold will force you to take strong measures.
Should we have had Phyllis neutered? Would it have been best for her, and for us?