National Empty the Shelters Day is sponsored by the Bissell Foundation with the goal of finding loving homes for animals in shelters. You can make a difference by adopting a pet from your local shelter, or by having your own female pet spayed or male pet neutered to prevent even one more litter.
Gypsy is a T-N-R cat. She was trapped as an community cat, spayed and released. You can see that her left ear has been "tipped" - the tip was surgically removed when she was spayed so that anyone finding her would know the surgery had already been done. It turned out that she was not a feral cat but a stray that (we believe) had at one time had a home and an owner. She has learned to trust humans and enjoys the company!
The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that handling unwanted pet animals costs as much as $1 billion annually in the U.S. But the greatest cost is loss of life. Statistics show that only three of the seven cute puppies in this picture would make it out of an animal shelter alive. Spaying and Neutering would prevent this tragedy.
This momma cat's litter may seem small, but it's the start of something that could become overwhelming when you start counting possible future litters. Spaying the Momma Cat will go a long way toward helping to stem the tide of pet overpopulation.
Great pets aren't so much born as they are made. They become great pets because they have owners who love them, take care of them and spend time with them. Almost any dog or cat can be a great pet, given the chance.
Puppies and kittens are so cute, and so plentiful in the Spring - too plentiful. in fact. If you are considering adopting a new pet, this is the perfect time of year because so many are available and looking for a home!
If you want to help reduce the problem of pet overpopulation, begin by having your own pet spayed or neutered . Once you have done that, perhaps you might be willing to support efforts in your community to spay and neuter strays and feral animals.
The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption. (The unlucky ones never made it that far.) But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes. That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.
Spaying female pets and neutering male pets is the most reliable way to prevent the births of companion animals that continue to add the the problem of pet overpopulation. World Spay Day reminds us that this is not a local problem but a global one. And every pet owner can help to do something about it!
Someone must have a special heart to work at an animal shelter. The work is hard, sometimes heart-breaking, but adoptions and reunions make it all worthwhile. So make some time to let a shelter worker know you appreciate all their efforts and their dedication for the pets and people of their community!