|PAW Spay / Neuter Petition
Spay and Neuter facts from
Spay or neuter surgery:
A prescription for
better canine health -
Dog Owner's Guide
Stop Abuse - Don't Litter! Spay
SPAY/USA is a nationwide network of people
working together to provide affordable spay/neuter programs. Their goal is
to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs and to stop the suffering.
Their phone counselors
are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.
Silicon Valley Animal Rescue
Dedicated To No-Kill
Seminole and Volusia
Counties both have spay-neuter rebate programs of $25 per animal. Seminole
County (407)330-9523. Volusia County (904)943-7895. Orange County has several
low-cost spay/neuter clinics (407)352-4395.
House Rabbit Society
The Truth Behind
and Neutering Myths
The American Partnership
for Pets is an unprecedented team of leading animal, veterinarian and
fancier organizations that have set differences aside and united to
speak with one voice on behalf of our nation's homeless and unwanted animals.
|Pet Overpopulation is the
number one killer
of dogs and cats in the United
Although there are
an estimated 100 million cats and dogs kept by responsible and caring people
in the United States, there is also a tragic number of these companion animals
who suffer horrid cruelties associated with abandonment. It is estimated that
between 6 to 8 million American pets are euthanized each year
as a desperate and heartbreaking means by underfunded and under staffed organizations
as a method of population control. This translates to 16,438 to 21,917 pets
euthanized each DAY!
The majority of these
animals were young, healthy, adoptable and at least 25% of the dogs were
purebreds. These numbers do not include the millions of abandoned pets
and feral cats that suffer sickness, exposure, starvation and death on the
streets of our nation's cities and towns, and in the fields and forests of
the countryside as they attempt to survive on their own.
I did just one
search from our website links - and in seconds found (44,866 dogs),
(34,971 cats), (1,364 rabbits) and (196 horses) looking for homes!
Among these were (465 Akitas), (1,086 Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heelers),
(2,134 Beagles), (4301 German Shepherd Dogs), (6,256 Labrador Retrievers)
(2,009 Calico Cats), (1336 Siamese Cats), (375 Persians Cats) (6,299 Domestic
Short Hair Cats) and the list goes on.
Though the numbers
above are shocking, studies show that during the last 30 years shelter intakes
and euthanasias have decreased nationwide by at least 70-90 percent.
This steady decline in intakes and deaths pays tribute to the tireless efforts
of shelter employees, humane societies, rescue organizations, responsible
dog owners, veterinarians and rescue volunteers who are often overworked
and seldom paid for the tremendous load they have undertaken, educating the
public, making significant changes in spay and neuter programs and implementing
good placement practices.
Even though the numbers have decreased
there are still thousands of animal rescue, humane societies and shelters
filled with good pets that will be euthanzied because there simply aren't
enough good, safe homes to go around. It is an emotional and sometimes heartbreaking
job - seeing so much death because they just can't save them all, turning
away needy ones, especially during the spring and fall "kitten and puppy"
Did you know that
one female cat can begin breeding as young as 4 months old. If she is left
unaltered her and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in only 7 years!
One unaltered female dog and her off-spring can produce 67,000 dogs
in only 6 years! It doesn't take a mathematician to do the numbers
for several unaltered female cats or dogs.
as the problem of pet overpopulation still is, it can be solved if each of
us takes just one small step, starting with not allowing our animals to breed.
On September 20TH A charming male puppy and female kitten will be featured
on new 37-cent First-Class Neuter or Spay postage stamps to be issued by the
U.S. Postal Service. The puppy and kitten were photographed in a Connecticut
animal shelter while awaiting adoption. The puppy was neutered and the kitten
was spayed and both were adopted into loving homes.
The sheets of stamps also
feature a toll-free telephone number, 1-888-PETS911, and a Web site address,
www.pets911.com printed on the selvage of each pane of 20 stamps. These resources
can be used by customers to obtain additional neuter and spay information.
This is the first time that
the U.S. Postal Service has issued stamps featuring a pet cat and dog since
the popular 13-cent stamp of a kitten and puppy issued in 1982 and the Bright
Eyes stamps issued in 1998. These are also the first U.S. postage stamps
to call attention to the pressing issue of pet overpopulation. The stamps
are the result of a grassroots campaign by thousands of citizens, community
leaders, animal health and welfare organizations, veterinarians and celebrities.