Kitten season is officially here, and although I’ll be the first to admit that there are few things I love more than a pile of soft, sweet kitties, kitten season is actually pretty heartbreaking. A few weeks ago, Misty Eyes already brought in a few pregnant mama kitties that had 11
babies between them. That is 11 kitties who now need homes, not to mention their mommies, who are also homeless (though currently in some pretty sweet situations with their foster families), and these few litters are only a drop in the bucket of all the poor, unwanted kittens (and puppies) that will be born within the next several months.
For every human born today in the United States, 45 cats and 15 dogs will be born.
Six to eight million will end up in shelters. (30% purebred and 55% unaltered).
About half will be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes.
In addition, countless homeless animals, who never make it into shelters, will scratch out a meager existence on the streets – often becoming threats to public health and safety.
This makes pet overpopulation the major cause of death and suffering for companion animals.
So, in other words, millions (MILLIONS!!) of cats and dogs are dying in shelters and on the streets, when this could so easily be prevented if everyone would simply get their pets spayed or neutered. And, by the way, please stop breeding animals or buying from breeders when there are plenty of wonderful animals already out there that desperately need homes!!!
Based on these statistics alone, responsible pet owners should feel compelled to have their pets “fixed,” if only to do their small part in curing the pet overpopulation crisis that we have in this country. However, if you need some more reasons, then keep in mind the following benefits for you and your pet:
Cats and dogs that are spayed and neutered typically live a longer and healthier life. Both procedures, especially done early in the animals’ lives, help prevent certain types of cancer and other health issues.
Your cat or dog will be less likely to run away and get hurt (or killed) fighting with other animals, getting hit by a car, or encountering any number other dangers that may befall them when they are out of your supervision. The urge to roam and find a mate can be relentless, and they will follow it even when it is against their best interests.
You won’t have to deal with a female in heat, which let’s face it, can be gross and annoying. Your male cat will also be far less likely to spray and try to mark his territory.
Your cat or dog may be much calmer and a better pet overall. When “the urge” isn’t there, the animal is more relaxed and often far less aggressive than an unaltered pet.
You can save money!!! The expense of spaying and neutering is definitely less than you would have to spend on proper care for a mother dog or cat and feeding and caring for a whole litter (or litters) of babies. Besides, many places offer low-cost options … and when you adopt from a shelter or rescue, it’s usually already done for you!
In conclusion, PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS!!! If you have unaltered pets in your neighborhood, please contact a Trap-Neuter-Return organization in your area, and/or help out with it yourself. If you are not sure where to turn for help, contact us at Misty Eyes, and we will try to help and/or give you advice on what to do. We will all be better off if we do our parts to help solve the pet overpopulation crisis!