Considering that 90% of animals that enter animal shelters are healthy and adoptable (Frank & Carlisle-Frank, 2003), there is no purpose for euthanizing innocent animals when there could be ways to promote th... ... middle of paper ... ...ddressing the Problem of Pet Overpopulation: The Experience of New Hanover County Animal Control Services. J Public Health Management Practice, 452–455. Pattnaik, J. (2004). On behalf of their animal friends: involving children in animal advocacy: since time immemorial, animals have been serving human society in at least three broad roles: as teachers, as healers, and as companions and friends.
Despite the efforts of animal shelters and rescue groups, “5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized” (“Pet Statistics,”). Dogs give their owners companionship and unconditional love; and are also conducive to good health. Plus, saving a dog’s life makes you a hero. First, adopting a dog allows you to search for and find an exact match. Be aware of your hopes and wishes before selecting a dog breed; likewise, be informed about the size, temperament, grooming needs, and health issues of different breeds.
Thus, dogs and other animals should be neutered or spayed due to the fact that there are too many pets in the USA and neutering and spaying reduces many health risks known in animals. The population of New York City is about equal to the amount of homeless animals in the whole US. The number varies from state to state, as The Humane Society specified: “…in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year…nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually.” (humanesociety.org). Homeless, intact animals have offspring, and the offspring get caught by Animal Control. The animals then get put in shelters, and are usually euthanized.
According to the human society of the United States, there are more than 6-8 million animals checked into shelters each year. Out of this 6-8 million, 3-4 million of these animals are euthanized due to the over population of animals. Animal euthanizing in shelters need to come to an end. Shelters are there to help people find their lost pets or give lost pets a new loving home, not to kill healthy animals that still have life left. A few ways to help end this is to make it a law to have animals spayed or neutered, to tax citizens to help fund shelters, or to have no cage shelters that are funded by fund raisers.
There should be something done about it and luckily the ASPCA organization helps out as much as they can. In the United States we have about 5,000 community shelters that are independent, that is not counting the Humane Society and ASPCA shelters. Overall you can just see that is obviously not enough and there needs to be something done about the overpopulation. A definite possibility is spaying and neutering your animals. In fact the cost of this surgery is less expensive than taking care of four to six puppies plus... ... middle of paper ... ... more common breeders they spend quality time getting to know their animals and who that puppy will be living with for the rest of their life.
These statistics are not an exaggeration. The animal population effects more than just the animals and the shelters that take them in. It impacts local cities and communities, because of the federal taxes being paid to shelters to euthanize animals. The tax money , also covers the food and board of the animals while in the shelter. “ Each dog and cat costs about $10 a day to care for; the average stay for an animal is five days (Anderson 2).” Spaying and neutering animals is not only essential for domesticated animals(pets) , but also for feral animals that live in the wild and reproduce without restrictions.
Most of the time when people get a female dog or cat, they think of the profit they can make from breeding the animal but what they don’t take into consideration is all the harm that breeding a pet can cause. About 2.7 million healthy adoptable cats and dogs are destroyed every year at shelters in the United States due to overpopulation. About 60 percent of these pets are offspring of household pets and their fatality could have been prevented by the simple procedure of pet sterilization. As a volunteer of the Miami Dade animal services, I can speak from experience that people who refuse to spay or neuter their pet are contributing to the torture of unwanted strays, costs of euthanasia on the public, and contribute to the unnecessary pet overpopulation. People who don’t have much interest with what goes on in the pet community might think they play no part in this dilemma, but this has an impact on them also, or more precisely, their pocket.
While reading this information I keep seeing the Sara McLaughlin song and the commercial over and over in my head and wishing that I had a larger home to care for more animals. When looking at the numbers, imagine that half of the animals that were born each year were spayed or neutered, and then we would be looking at a lot less animals being killed by us each year. Many of the animals in shelters can make wonderful pets and only want someone to love, but due to overcrowding some shelters are forced to put theses lovable animals down. Many of these animals are young healthy animals, a lost loved pet that went unclaimed, puppies or kitties of a litter from an... ... middle of paper ... ...Pit Bulls rescued from ‘horrific’ Oakland home”, SF Chronicle, January 27, 2011 < http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/27/MNRD1HEP0G.DTL> Ruben, Dawn M.D.
Adult shelter dogs are easier to have in a household and they have so much love to give to their new families. Works Cited American Humane Association. “Pet Over Population.” American Humane Association. 2013. Web.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself (Josh Billing)”. The main reasons animals end up in shelter is because owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street. Also homeless animals are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people five to one and one out of every ten dogs born will find a permanent home According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy .Also less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners when they are lost. Approximately more than 13,000 healthy or treatable animals were killed out of the 54,129 that entered city shelters last year.