Advocating for homeless pets and the prevention of pet overpopulation by spaying/neutering

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kitten season at your local shelter

Although the inspiration for just keep sniffing was the adoption of our first rescue dog Lola, cats also have been a big part of my life. Until two years ago, I (we) only ever had cats as pets. One of our cats was a stray, another was adopted from our local shelter, and these were two very sweet and lovable pets. Our stray cat was spayed within a week of our decision to adopt her, and as is the case at most shelters, our shelter cat had already been spayed. Spring and summer usually means kitten season at your local shelter, and during kitten season shelters find themselves at maximum capacity plus. Spaying and neutering of pets is one very important step to solving the problem of pet overpopulation. The number of homeless pets at shelters in the U.S. is staggering, and the number of those that are euthanized, even more so ~ otherwise healthy, happy, loving mixed breed and sometimes purebred animals are euthanized simply because there's no room at the shelter where they were surrendered.

Please read this article from the Humane Society of the United States about the benefits to spaying/neutering your pet ~ the benefits far outweigh the costs, financial and otherwise.

If you're thinking about adding a new pet to your family, please first consider a visit to your local rescue shelter. Also please spay or neuter your pets to prevent pet overpopulation.

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