Help control the pet population; Have your pets spayed or neutered.
That’s the sign off made famous by TV host Bob Barker in the early 1980′s, and unfortunately pet overpopulation is still a big issue.
Anyone in the pet community can tell you that shelter overcrowding is, and has been an issue for many years. With today’s economy everyones money and resources are being stretched thinner than before, this includes animal shelters and rescues. Donations are down and demand is up, according to the ASPCA approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats).
If you do a quick search of shelter overcrowding, you’ll see news stories from every part of the United States from area rescues being forced to make some tough decisions which can include euthanizing pets.
Controlling pet overpopulation has always been a struggle, and education on this has come a long way in the past few years particularly in the way of spay and neuter education. Rising awareness of the issue in the pet community has caused low cost spay and neuter clinics that are coming up all across the country. Greater resources and understanding should have aided our progress in reducing overpopulation, but unfortunately it has not. With many shelters still facing overpopulation, limited resources, and needing to take in more and more animals they are running out of options.
How can we fix this?
The number one thing people can do is prevent unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. The ASPCA has a great online tool to find a low cost clinic near you!
Not only will spaying or neutering your pet help control the pet population, it will help your pet live a longer, healthier life. Spaying your female pet helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats and neutering your male pet helps prevent testicular cancer (if done before 6 mo. of age.)
So not only are you helping 3 to 4 million pets have a chance at finding their forever home, you’re also helping your pet to live a better and longer life with you and that’s something every pet parent can be happy with.
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