Overpopulation of domestic cats and dogs has caused a serious problem!
Did you know that 11 million healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States each and every year, just because there are no homes that want them?
What’s even more alarming and heart breaking is that, despite the efforts of thousands of rescue groups and good Samaritans that number continues to rise every year. That’s 11 million lives cut short that never got a chance, simply because there was no loving home that wanted them.
That’s a very sad state of our nation and world that such an epidemic of irresponsibility has bred mass genocide of helpless, powerless creature that don’t have a choice in the matter of their own lives! It’s heartbreaking to consider 11 million adorable, soft, cuddly, innocent, happy, loving, sweet companions are put to death because they’ve been allowed to stray, spray and play without any limitations.
The problem is compounded by back yard breeders who just want to make a little extra money selling cute puppies and kittens to their friends. Puppy and kitty mills breed dogs and cats like they are a commodity and don’t treat them like living beings and then sell puppies and kittens to pet stores. Allowing unaltered cats and dogs to run free and mate with others is also a part of the problem that contributes to pet overpopulations as well.
There is a three part solution that has proven to be very effective is significantly reducing over population of domestic cats and dogs. The first step is education. Educating people on the problem and the causes of pet overpopulation is the beginning of the end of pet overpopulation. Education is the first steps towards saving lives. Stop unnecessary euthanasia by finding out the causes and how to prevent them and then spread the word to everyone you know to do the same.
It starts with education and then sterilization is the next step in the three part solution to reducing 11 million deaths down to zero. Neuter your male and spay your female cats and dogs. Spay or neuter are otherwise known as – fixed, altered or sterilized. It is a medical procedure performed by a licensed veterinarian that removes the reproductive organs to prevent reproduction of the species.
When you alter or sterilize your cat or dog, you prevent it from reproducing offspring. This is the number one most effective measure you can take to significantly reduce overpopulation of dogs and cats.
It is quite shocking just how many offspring one unfixed cat or dog is capable of rearing in a lifetime. Go to any Humane Society website and look up the research. Each unaltered cat or dog is capable of being the source of tens of thousands of offspring that add to that gross population of 11 million healthy lives extinguished before they even had a chance to live. Sterilizing just one dog or cat significantly reduces those numbers of overpopulation by thousands!
Spaying and neutering cats and dogs is the most effective solution for reducing pet overpopulation. In fact, every single animal rescue group and shelter requires that all their cats and dogs are spayed and neutered before being adopted.
Together education and sterilization are the one-two punch needed to significantly reduce the number of cats and dogs that are euthanized every year. In fact, several school districts across the United States support the Humane Society and other animal rescue groups in educating their students about the problem of overpopulation. Educating children on the problem helps alter a culture of complacency, so that perhaps younger generations won’t tolerate the problem of overpopulation of domestic cats and dogs any longer.
The third solution is to adopt cats and dogs from animal rescue groups or shelters, such as the Humane Society, rather than buy them from pet stores and breeders. When you rescue or adopt a cat or dog you are literally saving a life and making room for another one to be saved as well. When you adopt you also support organizations that are part of the solution with your adoptions fees. When you buy pets from pet stores, professional breeders, back yard breeders and puppy mills you support the overpopulation epidemic with your buying decision.
Pet overpopulation is unnecessary because there are proven solutions that work. Education, sterilization and adoption are effective and humane solutions. Spay and neuter, adopt, rescue, foster and educate our friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Before you know it those numbers will start going down. Eventually there will be no more senseless deaths, just happy homes filled with lovable furry family members who are grateful to have a home and family who loves them.
Save a life. Rescue, foster, adopt, spay and neuter your pets and share this information with someone today. There will be a cat or dog that will appreciate your efforts and be grateful that you took the trouble to take a stand.
Deborah Brightstar 2010©