Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Does it really matter if you spay or neuter your pet?

Every year millions of dogs and cats, the vast majority of which are medically and behaviorally adoptable, are euthanized at animal shelters.  Where are all these animals coming from? Some are purchased from a breeder or puppy mill and later relinquished. Others are ferals or strays picked up from the street.  They may have been lost family pets or abandoned pets which have bred year after year creating overpopulation in neighborhoods.

Many people wrongfully think that dropping off an unwanted pet in a rural area or park is humane. The truth is those abandoned cats or dogs are too traumatized to survive on their own. Hunting for food is a learned skill taught by adult animals to their babies. Since most domestic pets were never taught these skills, they are doomed to starve or be killed by other animals. But before they do, they will usually breed, creating more animals that are unable to survive on their own.

What can you do?
Please spay and neuter your animal companions to reduce overpopulation and urge others to do the same. If you are in need of discounted services, visit for information on finding a service in your area.
Refrain buying dogs or cats from a breeder or pet store.  Instead, save a life by adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter or rescue organization.

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