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Topics - weshebutAmunRa

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I'm sure some of y'all expected me to talk about this at some point, so here goes ;) I realize I may be preaching to the chior in some cases here, but I feel this is information that needs to be shared and/or pounded into some folks heads ;)

I recently started working at the local animal shelter as a kennel person, which mostly involves cleaning and watching for illness.

I had it drilled into my head very early in life that dogs and cats should be sterilized not only for health benefits, but also for population control. This extends to other pet/companion animals as well.

However, I never realized how important this is until I started at the shelter. The shelter takes in daily anywhere from 1-20 cats and more dogs. Most of these come in as strays...and most of these are unsterilized. Most of these leave the shelter in a bag, because, on a good day, a couple of cats and a few dogs and other animals are adopted...many others are feral or become ill. There is no local trap/sterilize/release program, though one is in the works, for the ferals. There is only so much space to give to ill animals.

If your pet has offspring and you think "no big deal, I'll find homes for them all," think again. Yes, you may indeed find homes for them all, since many people are partial to puppies and kittens. However, you cannot control what happens to them once they are out of your hands. If you think you want more pets and want to breed your pets because you think they will have the same personality, think again. Dogs and cats especially are as individual as humans...and you are denying that many more needy animals a home.

Preventing a litter is always easier and more humane than having to euthanize a litter already born.

If you think you can't afford the cost of sterlization, check in with local shelters and organizations to inquire about low-cost programs. The shelter here charges $25 for cats and $35 for dogs, a fraction of the cost of having your family veterinarian do it. Where I used to live in Alexandria, VA, the animal welfare group sold vouchers that would give you a huge discount to sterilize at participating veterinary hospitals.

Lastly, if you are thinking of adding a new pet to your family, take a look at your local shelters or even the newspaper instead of buying that cute kitten or puppy in the window of the pet shop. Not only will you save 2 lives (the one you adopt and the space you free up for another) but many shelters sterlize, microchip, vaccinate, and test for common diseases before the pet goes home.

Thank you for the soapbox ;)


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