HAVE ALL YOUR PETS SPAYED AND/OR NEUTERED!!
If you love animals and want to help them, spaying or neutering is the place to start. Spaying or neutering gives you a healthier pet, increases your pet�s life expectancy, and helps reduce the staggering number of animals that must be put to death in shelters.
Every day in the United States, over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born; but there are only 10,000 infants born each day. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. Pet overpopulation is a tragedy of huge proportions. Unwanted animals suffer from disease, parasites, starvation, injury, abuse, and finally, death. They all die an early death when they are left on the streets to fend for themselves. Even when an animal is brought into a shelter, it will most likely have to be killed because there isn't a home available for it and the shelter doesn't have enough money to take care of it.
If you have ever walked through your local animal shelter, you know it is a heart-breaking experience. An estimated ten million dogs and cats are put to death in shelters each year in the United States because there are not enough homes to place them in. The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy has found that an average of 64% of all animals taken into shelters are euthanized. Most of these are young puppies and kittens. The others are loyal companion animals whose owners no longer want them or can no longer keep them for some reason. Almost all of these are gentle, healthy, affectionate animals who would make such wonderful pets if they only had the chance!
There is something you can do! You can save lives and make a difference by having your own animals spayed or neutered. By doing so, you are cutting down on the number of animals brought into the world each year and helping to reduce the number of animals that must be put to death in shelters. It is the most important thing you can do to prevent animal cruelty! If you need some help in having your pets spayed or neutered, contact the local Humane Society in your area. They often sponsor low-cost spay/neuter programs through local veterinarians. Or call Spay USA, a network of volunteers and over 6000 participating veterinarians that help to provide discounted spaying and neutering around the country. Their nationwide toll-free number is 1-800-248-7729.
Visit this site to see a series of pictures of an actual Cat Spay Operation or an actual Dog Castration from the Woodside Veterinary Hospital which is located 3 miles North of Marietta, Ohio on Route 60.
MULTIPLICATION CHART FOR CATS Two uncontrolled breeding cats create the following: Two litters a year, at a survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter with continued breeding-- 12 cats the first year 66 cats the second year 2,201 cats in the third year 3,822 cats in the fourth year 12,680 cats in the fifth year and so on multiplying to 80,399,780 cats in the tenth year!!!
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