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The Overpopulation Problem

The killing of healthy, adoptable pets is unacceptable and must stop. Pets are not disposable. Because of ignorant, selfish, and lazy pet guardians, over 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the USA. And as many as 17 million dogs and cats are killed each year, just because there are no homes for them. Consider the following:

  • In seven years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.
  • "No homes for littermates" is one of the top 10 reasons people relinquish their cats and dogs to shelters.
  • It costs US taxpayers an estimated $2 billion each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals.
  • About 71% of cats and kittens entering shelters are killed, based on reports from 1,055 facilities across the USA.

Sources: Spay Day USA; spcaLA

A Few Myths vs. Facts

Taken from the spcaLA's Myths vs. Facts on Spaying and Neutering.

  • Myth: My male cat doesn't need to get altered because he can't give birth.
  • Fact: While a female cat can only have one litter at a time, a male can impregnate many females each day.

  • Myth: I want my children to see the miracle of birth.
  • Fact: Have you considered also showing them the reality of death? There are many ways of showing children the beauty of reproduction without adding to the pet overpopulation crisis. Ever consider visiting your local animal shelter in June, or perhaps reading them a book from the library? And while you're educating, it may be a good idea to explain the vast responsibility of having babies.

  • Myth: It's cruel to take away a pet's ability to procreate.
  • Fact: Don't confuse human sexuality with that of a cat or dog. They don't think about sex; they react to hormonal impulses only. Read the complete article.

If you think that "It's just one litter," so you're not contributing to the problem when letting Fluffy breed, remember this: The overpopulation problem is caused by regular, ordinary folks like you who think the same thing. Shelters don't fill up by themselves, folks.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Resources

Note: Please don't use these resources if you're simply looking for "the best deal" or shopping around for a cheap price. This aid is specifically for those in genuine need of low-cost spay/neuter services.

In addition to contacting your local humane society or animal care/control for information, try the following:

Friends of Animals
Purchase low-cost spay/neuter vouchers.

Where to find low-cost spay/neuter resources near you.

Nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services.

More Information and Resources

Facts: Spay/Neuter Ordinances
Eye-opening statistics on the effects of sterilization ordinances, or the lack thereof. In Defense of Animals (IDA) estimates that 50% of all licensed companion animals are neither spayed or neutered.

National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy
The National Council consists of humane organizations, breeder groups, and veterinary associations brought together to work on mutual goals regarding the pet overpopulation crisis.

"No Excuses!" Campaign
Steps you can take to end the cycle of killing for convenience.

Ways to Reduce the Numbers of Dogs and Cats Killed at Atlanta Area Shelters
While the information contains region-specific information, the steps provided can be applied anywhere in the USA.

Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
American Humane explains the benefits of spaying/neutering and debunks the misconceptions surrounding the issue.

Y2Spay? 5 Million Reasons
Promoting the spaying and neutering of pets is the single most important thing you can do to stop the killing.

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