The United States faces a pet overpopulation crisis as ten to twelve million animals are euthanized each year simply because there are not enough homes for them. Euthanasia is the single largest cause of death for dogs and cats in the U.S. We classify 10 million to 12 million of them as “surplus” and kill them. That’s a million a month. These numbers do not include the millions of dead dogs and cats whose bodies are scraped off the streets, the estimated 35 million to 60 million feral cats, the hundreds or thousands we abuse, neglect and abandon to suffer from starvation, exposure, and disease before dying. Only the most “fortunate” victims make it into good shelters to be counted and killed; most are socialized to humans, less than 2 years old, in good condition, and young. The number of dogs one unaltered female and her offspring can produce in 6 years is 67,000. The average number of litters an unaltered female dog can produce in one year is two. The number of puppies in an average litter is 6-10. A dog can come into puberty/heat as early as 5 months. The number of cats one unaltered female and her offspring can produce in 7 years is 420,000. The average number of litters an unaltered female cat can produce in one year is three. The number of kittens in an average litter is 7-10. A cat can come into puberty as early as 4 months. Female cats do not go out of heat until they are bred. While a female dog or cat can only have one litter at a time, male animals can impregnate many females each day. Dogs and cats have a greatly improved chance of long life, good health and contentment if they are spayed or neutered. The best preventive is to spay dogs and cats while they are young and healthy. Having your pets spayed or neutered prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. No single segment of the public can be blamed for the dog and cat overpopulation. Sources include accidental mating, purposeful breeding by people who hope to sell the offspring, and breeding for “personal” reasons. If all Veterinarians would actively promote spaying and neutering, the crisis would improve dramatically. The American Kennel Club is the country’s largest registry for purebred dogs. It receives millions of dollars each year from registering litters for breeders. The problem is simple: we have too many dogs and cats and not enough homes. Too many unaltered dogs and cats running at large. We all must begin to take responsibility for pet overpopulation. Simply stated, to end the pet overpopulation, we must turn off the reproductive faucet. An owner must not permit an unaltered dog or cat to run loose. Animal guardians must spay and neuter their companion animals. It is no longer acceptable to indiscriminately breed a dog or cat. It is a crime against the 10-12 million homeless dogs and cats we kill every year. A spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers its benefits. It’s a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of more unwanted animals. By spaying or neutering companion animals, we can end these unwanted births, reduce the needless suffering and deaths that homeless animals endure. There is a solution to this problem in which everyone can participate…By spaying or neutering companion animals, we can end these unwanted births, and reduce the needless suffering that homeless animals endure.
The unwanted litter that is prevented never knows the misery of homelessness
To end pet overpopulation we must turn off the reproductive faucet....
Spay/Neuter....Prevent the Suffering
Every 20 seconds an unwanted litter is born.
In poverty or wealth spay/neuter is the first step in helping animals.
By spaying or neutering companion animals, we can end these unwanted births, and reduce the
needless suffering that homeless animals endure.