Many of the New Year's resolutions we make for ourselves could also apply to our pets - eat healthier, get more exercise, regular medical checkup and shots. But this year my resolutions are for better treatment and concern for all pets!
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!
Current statistics indicate only 2 or 3 of the kittens in the picture will be adopted - the others will be euthanized because there are not enough homes. The answer is not more more homes, but fewer kittens (and puppies) born into a society where there are just too many already!
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!
Being kind to animals is more than just an idea. It's a way of treating them with respect and encouraging others to do the same. That would include making sure that our own pets are spayed or neutered to help prevent the problem of pet overpopulation.