Tucson Dog LogoWhy Spay and Neuter Your Pets and Adopt from a Shelter or Rescue Group

Dear Humans,

With Spring upon us, every year shelters see a huge increase in puppies and kittens being born and entering shelters. Many become very overloaded; Why? Because people do not spay and neuter their pets. This puts a huge strain on shelters and rescues who do everything they can to save them all, but that is not possible. It’s a simple math equation; there are more homeless animals than there are homes for them.

According to The Humane Society of The United States “there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets that would have made great companions. Why is this happening? It’s happening for many reasons but the main one is over population and spay/neutering is the only permanent method of birth control for dogs and cats.”

A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that, “Pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than un-spayed female dogs.”

With our Annual WOOFstock event almost here, I think it is important to talk about why you should adopt from a shelter or rescue group too.

Animal shelters and rescue groups are your best source for adopting a pet. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption but many (especially in Spring) have kittens and puppies as well as purebred pets. (25 percent of pets in shelters are purebreds.) There are also many purebred rescue groups that have specific breeds available. (You can see a list of them in every issue of The Tucson Dog.)

Did you know that most pets end up homeless through no fault of their own? The reasons are many like, “were moving and can’t take the dog, my landlord won’t let me keep the cat, we are having a baby,” and so on. Sometimes their owner dies and they have no one that can take them. So many of these pets come from homes and are wonderful “family-ready” pets just looking for a loving home.

Many shelter and rescue groups also do behavioral analyses of each pet to ensure they will be the right fit for your family. And that brings me to another point…be realistic with your expectations of a pet in your family. Know that like a child, they will need an education about what humans want from them. Do you have time and money to go to a training class? Do you work all day? Maybe a puppy is not for you. Are you active, do you have children? These are all questions you should ask yourself to make a good choice about what dog or cat would be a good fit for your home and family.

Remember, pets are not trash to be discarded! If you can’t make a lifetime commitment, don’t get one. Any separation from our family will cause us pain and anxiety so please, think it through before you get a new pet and then go to a shelter or rescue to adopt!

See you all at WOOFStock where you can see many wonderful dogs for adoption!

Peace, Love & Biscuits,

Gracie

Source: humane society.org USA Today (May 7, 2013)