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Preventing Pet Overpopulation

Pet over-population is a significant problem. Each day 10,000 humans are born in the US and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. More kittens and puppies are born every year than can find good homes. This leads to crowded humane society kennels and unfortunately far too many euthanasias. An estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year. U.S. taxpayers spend up to $2 billion each year on services to collect, house, destroy and dispose of unwanted animals.

What’s really sad is that this statistic is totally preventable. There are many things you can do to prevent pet over-population. How you say? If you don’t have a burning desire for a particular breed, think about visiting a local humane society. If there is a certain breed you want, look for a breed specific rescue group.

The easiest way to prevent pet over-population is to spay or neuter your pet. These procedures are performed by your veterinarian. There are many benefits to spaying or neutering your pets. Many objectionable pet behaviors can be eliminated such as – house soiling, spraying, persistent barking, meowing, escaping/roaming the neighborhood, fighting, and biting humans and other pets. There is a significant reduction in hormone-induced tumors such breast cancer in females and tumors under the tail in males. For males neutering reduces the incidence of enlarged prostate glands.

Make sure your pets are wanted. Pet ownership is a lifetime commitment. Have a family discussion and consider all the responsibilities and consequences of having a pet. These include feeding, exercise, bathing, interruptions in vacation travel and most importantly who gets yard dooty.

Pet overpopulation is a significant problem is the US. Do your part to prevent it.

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