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Why can’t shelters and rescues be put out of business?

There is a saying, “there will always be death and taxes.” But I’d like to add one more thing to that. There will always be death, taxes, animal shelters and rescues. I would love to see animal shelters close and rescues never need another foster family.

But we all know that will never happen. A lot of pet owners do not spay or neuter their pets, therefore the number of unwanted pets will continue to be a problem, and shelters and rescues will always need to exist.

The number one way to decrease the number in shelters and rescues is spaying or neutering your dog or cat. Here is Pet Ownership 101, Spaying is a surgery that renders a female dog or cat unable to have puppies or kittens. Neutering is a surgery that prevents a male unable to impregnate a female.

It is those unwanted puppies and kittens that fill up shelters and rescue’s foster families. But knowing there are discounts at certain times at local vet clinics, and programs that come to our area and provide very low cost if not almost free spay and neutering, that makes it easier for owners to get the job done.

I know that Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic comes to our area monthly and offers this program. For info call Farmington Pet Adoption Center. And there is Care Credit. A credit card you can use for veterinary surgeries and it lets you make monthly payments. A lot of local vets offer discounts also.

Why should you spay/neuter your pet?

Males: 1) Prevents unwanted litters. 2) Prevents testicular cancer 3) He won’t want to roam away from home looking for a female in heat. 4) Much better behaved and able to focus attention on his human family. 5) Avoid marking their territory and not fight for their territory. 6) Can avoid many aggression problems.

Females: 1) Prevents unwanted litters. 2) Prevents many infection and cancers which prove fatal in 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. 3) A lot less costly than caring for a litter. 4) Prevents roaming when in heat to find a mate.

I’m hoping that pet owners will consider wanting to close the doors of shelters and discontinue foster families for rescues by having their pet spayed or neutered. Of course, we can only dream.

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