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Spay or neuter surgery: A prescription for
better canine health - Dog Owner's Guide

Stop Abuse - Don't Litter! Spay and Neuter

Spay-Neuter Assistance: 

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.
1-800-248-SPAY (7729). 
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 Solutions

Central Florida
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.

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The Truth Behind Spaying
and Neutering Myths

ASPCA:  Spay/Neuter

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 States.

     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" seasons. 
     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. 
      Tremendous 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, 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. 

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