Rita Walker (Blog Twenty): By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
The idea of neutering or spaying is to stop overpopulation. The ethical matter is the lack of choice. The worldwide concern is the possibility of wiping out an entire breed. Reversible birth control would be a better idea but I cannot find any information on this.
Rita scurries towards a drain hole in the floor. She presses her feet into the floor to slow down when she feels the brush of the broom push her against the base of a metal cage that protects a motor. She smells metal burning and turns to look up. Two strands of the cage’s metal welded wire bend around her. She watches in terror as Kanayago squats down and stares at her.
“You’re a strange looking rodent,” Kanayago says to her. “And familiar somehow.” Kanayago stands up. “There aren’t more of you are there? I’ll need to find something to keep you for now,” she hears Kanayago say as she walks away.
Rita’s heart is pounding so hard she can feel it push her ribs out. It’s not good to change without any dirt around but she doesn’t have a choice. Her body is riddled with spasms now. She shrinks as her excess body turns to wet earth. Her tiny ears listen intently for Kanayago or any other movement as she hops towards the grate where Marlo is waiting. As her long fluffy tail stands straight up she runs at full speed towards the grate.
“How did a chipmunk get in here?” she hears Kanayago say from far behind.
She falls into water. Scrambling she reaches the surface and dog paddles at the concrete ledge where Marlo is waiting. With blurry eyes she sees him staring down at her in confusion. He scoops her up and holds her up to his face. Shivering she sakes water from her fur and nods her head numerous times.
“I hope this is you Rita,” he says with a cough. In an instant she riding atop viscous water that flows against the river’s current.
Back on the shore Marlo changes into his human form and starts coughing. “That factory is contaminating the river,” he says through gasps. “I’ll wait until your human again then I need to rest,” he tells her as he sets her onto the bank.
In her car she rests her head back. That short time having the welded wire that looked more like thick bars to her changed form has her thinking of all the animals locked in cages. She tries to keep her composure but knowing now how terrifying it is she can’t keep the sobs in. Humans caging themselves, and caging other life. She clenches her fist as she brushes the tears away with her forearm. And they neuter other humans and animals. Who is keeping track off all this she wonders? Neutering should be reversible. An entire species of dogs or cats could be wiped out.
“Be positive, Rita,” she tells herself. She’ll have to investigate the ethics of neutering and if modern operations are reversible. Right now she’s worried about Marlo. He didn’t look good as he headed for his car. How polluted is the river water she wonders.