An Urgent Call to Spay and Neuter
In communities throughout the United States, animal shelters kill large numbers of dogs and cats every day. In Los Angeles alone, 60,000 animals die annually. In the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities kill one animal every nine minutes. The New York City shelter system euthanized 39,000 animals in 1999. Such deaths could be greatly reduced, if not eliminated, if all animal guardians would simply spay and neuter their animals. This simple procedure can usually be done at low cost upon the adoption of a pet from an animal shelter, or at a clinic once an animal has been brought into one's home.
Sterilization programs instituted in large and small cities achieve significant reductions in impounded, and euthanized, animals. Since the city of Denver adopted strict spay and neutering laws in 1993, its number of impounded animals has decreased by eighteen percent.
Yet it is estimated that 50% of all licensed companion animals are neither spayed or neutered. These un-sterilized animals reproduce at an awesome pace. In six years, one female cat has the capability of giving rise to 420,000 young, and one female dog can produce up to 67,000 puppies.
Some inadvertent breeders take unwanted young to animal shelters. Other animals end up abandoned in streets or fields, where they die in a harsh environment or become feral, barely surviving. Abandoned cats, dogs, and other animals needlessly suffer from hunger, malnutrition, and exposure to the elements.
In the Bay Area, many shelters kill 70% of the animals that they receive. Animal control agencies and humane societies must put these animals to sleep because there are not enough homes available to receive the number of abandoned pets taken in by authorities.
Did You Know?
Due to the lack of a good home, it is estimated that a healthy shelter animal is
euthanized every 1.5 seconds.
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The End of the World | Performed by Skeeter Davis