Insane, isn't it, how some people will have such extreme, knee-jerk reactions to even the slightest hint of compassionate thought about animals. Protecting wandering pets is hardly a hot-button, war-room issue. In many US towns, it is actually against the law to allow animals to run at large for safety and health reasons. Most relatively conservative bodies, like animal control agencies, vets, and municipal governments support leash laws and anti-"dumping" laws. Imagine if you had left leaflets about some truly controversial issue, like hunting or animal experimentation.
But I'm sure a lot of animal advocates have been through this. Even the safest, most obvious issues (like punishing animal abuse/neglect) can be attacked by people who hate animals. Simply put, when it comes to compassion, nothing is truly safe.
slops, gloops, and gruels.