After living 86 years, I had never read something that upset me quite like an article in the Feb. 27 newspaper, “Animal Refuge League plans new $6.5 million Westbrook shelter.”

What’s wrong with this picture when shelters and clinics for the homeless have to close due to lack of money while friends of pets can come up with more than $6 million to build a “state-of-the-art” building for cats and dogs because the building they now occupy is not good enough for them?

Don’t get me wrong, I like pets, but let’s get our priorities in order. Are we not our brother’s keeper? Should we not at least help our homeless in the same way we care for our animals?

I know I probably have struck a nerve with a few animal lovers, but if they really think this over, they should come to the same conclusion I did: Spend less on the Taj Mahal, and help your fellow humans with the rest.

Julie Dionne

Brunswick