I enjoyed reading the article "PURRR-fect combination" [News, June 7], about the affection shown to two cats by the village clerk at Sands Point. We at the Audubon Society share her concerns for these abandoned animals.

The dark side to this story is that these released animals lead a difficult life -- often half the life span of house cats -- and they endure great hardships from weather, disease and predation. As they say, "It's a jungle out there."

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Once cats have gone feral, they have a big impact on the natural environment, killing millions of migrating and endangered birds each year. I strongly discourage abandoning domestic animals to the wild and encourage any steps to prohibit it.

Jack Finkenberg, Babylon

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Great South Bay Audubon Society.