THE IMPORTANCE OF SPAY/NEUTER PRACTICES
There is nothing more charming than the warmth of a furry puppy laying in your lap looking out into a world of wonder. For most of the little pups life is a dream and as they grow they find love and affection from their human hosts. But for some there is nothing but sickness and death.
I refer you to the lost puppies, those that are born in the wild from pregnant mothers that have been cast away to fate. Humans can be cruel at times to dogs. They ignore the importance of birth control for various reasons but in the end when their pet becomes pregnant they discover they don't have the patience or time to care for them.
Discarded like trash these poor females are abandoned with no care or concern and if they are lucky some good Samaritan will find them and rescue them from suffering. For those of us who care for our beloved pets the importance of Spay/Neuter is beyond measure. It is the crucial issue of the canine species today. Kill shelters clear their kennels monthly of the unwanted dogs and cats, those they believe will not be adopted, and euthanize them in mass. Hundreds of dogs just in Florida alone are killed monthly because some don't care to rescue. But the problem is deeper than that, Their are hundreds of thousands of dogs just in the state of Florida. It is impossible to estimate the number of abandoned dogs that are in the wild. These abandoned dogs are usually not surgically altered to prevent their giving birth to a litter. People who find these animals and care enough to save them will typically allow them to give birth adding to the population. Owners who don't spay/neuter their pets run a high risk of them getting impregnated and birthing litters which also adds to the population.
There are programs to assist owners financially to have their pets altered but concern for the responsibility is lacking. For non-kill rescues and shelters this is a problem. Although it is more likely that puppies will be adopted the ones that aren't will grow up and become a drain on available space. Rescues are shutting down due to the over capacity and in these economic times fewer people are looking to adopt.
This problem is not going to go away unless all and I mean all pet owners find the means to spay/neuter their pets. If this doesn't happen their is going to be unimaginable suffering of dogs and cats everywhere.