Adopt your next pet
Thanks to Lisa Sorg for her excellent article on Raeford's no-kill animal shelter, The Haven, and its problems with state inspectors ("No-kill shelters defend practices," Aug. 8).
While the article balanced the good and bad of such a spartanly funded operation sheltering more than 1,300 dogs and cats, shelter Director Linden Spears wins the WWJD award for halting the termination of life for these lesser creatures in our society.
I only hope that your publishing the need for funds creates a flood of donations from caring citizens who know the joy of helping make a more humane society. Perhaps your readers, when ready to find a four-legged soulmate, can give a loving pet a wonderful life.
Stop domestic violence
Thank you, Independent Weekly, for bringing attention to the plight of domestic violence victims through your timely article "Shelter from the storm" (cover story, Aug. 29, by Fiona Morgan). Vanessa and her family are among many victims fleeing violent homes and struggling, against the odds, to begin again.
Vanessa, in your article, clearly shows that the process of leaving a violent situation is not always easy. There are many factors to consider and all are contingent upon having a safe, violence-free alternative. Leaving dramatically increases the likelihood of a woman being severely injured or even killed. Programs such as the Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC) and Interact in Wake County work daily to offer victims of domestic violence a safe place to live while working to rebuild their lives.
According to the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in 2006, 79 North Carolinians were killed in domestic violence related incidents. So far this year, 39 more have died, including a 2-year-old child in Durham. Last week, through a vigil on the steps of the Durham County courthouse, DCRC commemorated the life and tragic death of Kimberly Davis, whose alleged perpetrator was her estranged husband.
Domestic violence knows no boundaries, as those on the list of homicides prove. It can, however, be stopped. All of us must continue to work to increase awareness, change laws and provide for the safety of its victims. As individuals, faith communities, health care providers, employers, educators, social services, etc., we are all called to action toward eradicating this epidemic. We must increase our support and assistance to victims as they navigate the perils of their situations and work harder to eliminate all forms of interpersonal violence.
Aurelia Sands Belle, M.Ed.
Executive Director, Durham Crisis Response Center