I want to forget that today ever happened… but it did, and before I do I want as many people as possible to hear about it. I work at an animal shelter in Philadelphia which also has a veterinary clinic in it. I am a kennel attendant at the shelter. I have only been working there a month. Today one of our volunteers who is there to fulfill community service hours for the welfare program killed her kitten Gizmo. She loved Gizmo. She was trying to care for her pet with the limited funds she has. She saw that Gizmo had fleas and thought she would go out and buy something to relieve her. The product she bought was Hartz spray. Hartz is a brand who’s name she recognized. It is a brand that claims to work and be safe. Why would she have any reason to think otherwise. That is the image that is promoted by their company. That is the brand that is sold in her local store. She saw that the kitten was acting funny after she treated it but couldn’t imagine why. By the time she got the kitten to the shelter it was already seizing. We scrubbed and washed little Gizmo as best we could but the poison, because that’s what it is POISON had already been on her too long. The vet determined that there was nothing left to do but put her to sleep as she was suffering terribly. I have never felt so helpless as i did holding that dripping wet, dying animal and looking at the look of utter confusion and devastation on the face of her owner. People who live in low income neighborhoods have as much a right to have healthy pets as anyone. If no one ever tells you that something is poisonous and it is being peddled as medicine; how are you to know???? Please spread the word.