While many rescue organizations fine the answer to the question of ‘Why should I spay or neuter my dog?’ as a rhetorical question, some pet owners don’t consider it a question at all. All around our great nation dogs are not being spayed or neutered and the population just keeps growing.
Rescues, Shelters and Humane Societies are all combatting against the throes of overpopulation and canine homelessness. Best Friends out of Utah, the Helen Woodward Animal Center out of California, and Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois are but a few of the organizations combatting against the senseless overpopulation of canines.
Many individuals do not realize that 50% of all pets born are accidents! This is why animal organizations are fighting so hard to make this statistic as low as it can possibly be. They are even teaming up with veterinarians and other organizations that provide low-cost spaying and neutering. There are even some places that will help individuals in need to get a ‘no-cost’ spay or neuter for their canine if their finances are such that this is helpful.
Having your pet spayed or neutered, if you do not plan to breed your full-bred canine, is a very important decision for a pet owner to make. Animal lovers should be aware of the important impact that their decision bears on the future of their pet. First and foremost, it prevents pet overpopulation.
Some areas are more affected by pet overpopulation than others. Many times this happens in small communities where there are fewer resources available. Because there are not as many resources, the animals pay the price for the fact that they have no way of receiving help.
There are approximately six to eight million homeless animals annually being placed into homeless shelters. Many larger areas are working to make this number much lower. This is especially a big goal since only about half of these animals are adopted. Even with all of the programs available, about half of those animals are euthanized!
As the numbers of these homeless pets vary by state, it does not necessarily mean that these are all homeless pets, some of them are lost pets that never have the opportunity to make it back home! They may even be puppies and breed dogs, purebreds that are no longer needed and thus surrendered.
As a nation we need to do everything in our power to eliminate the need for homeless pet shelters. If we are all aware and promote more awareness, than canines everywhere will be safer and have their forever homes the first time they achieve it.