Did you know that more than 3 million dogs and cats are put to death every year because they are homeless? And that doesn’t include other types of pets. The estimated number of homeless animals across the United States in shelters is approximately 6-8 million. Those are staggering figures!
Some pets are adopted, but the remainder are euthanized because shelters don’t have the facilities to house pets for long periods of time. The pets euthanized include not only adult dogs and cats, but puppies and kittens, even purebreds.
We all think kittens, puppies and other baby pets are adorable, but the baby stage passes. Unless you are willing to have a multi-pet home, those that are somewhat more fortunate go off to the shelters. Others are just discarded anywhere. The shelters become over crowded and although most try to hold as many pets as possible for as long as possible, tragically these healthy, loving animals who have done nothing to deserve this are euthanized.
Those animals that wander the streets continually reproduce adding to the problem.
The only people qualified to breed pets are licensed breeders.
The only 100 percent effective way to stop overpopulation is spaying or neutering. There is another advantage to spaying or neutering your pet – they are generally healthier and avoid several types of cancer and other illnesses.
Be a responsible pet owner. Please, please spay or neuter your pet and help save lives.
See more: About Spaying or Neutering