8-12 million companion animals are killed each year in America because they have no homes.
90% of the millions of cats killed on our roads each year are unsterilized.
80% of dogs hit by vehicles each year are un-neutered males.
15 dogs and 45 cats are born for every person that is born.
1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the US will find a home--the rest will be destroyed or abandoned because nobody wants them.
One female cat and one male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 kittens in 7 years.
One female dog and one male dog and their offspring can produce 4,372 puppies in 7 years.
Six Common Excuses for Not Spaying or Neutering Pets
1. My pet will get fat and lazy
Neutering or spaying may diminish your pet's overall activity level, natural tendency to wander, and hormonal balances, which may influence appetite. Pets that become fat and lazy after being altered usually are overfed and do not get enough exercise.
2. We want another pet just like Rover and Fluffy.
Breeding two purebred animals rarely results in offspring that are exactly like either of the parents. With mixed breeds, it is virtually impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents.
3. My pet's personality will change.
Any change will be for the better. After being altered, your pet will be less aggressive toward other dogs or cats, have a better personality, and will be less likely to wander. Spraying (urine marking), which is often done by dogs and cats to mark their territory, diminishes or ceases after pets are altered.
4. We can sell puppies or kittens and make money.
Even well-known breeders are fortunate if they break even on raising purebred litters. The cost of raising such a litter -- which includes stud fees, feeding a quality food, vaccinations and other health care costs -- consumes most of the "profit." Well-known breeders raise breeds that they like. These breeders also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise.
5. My children should witness our pet giving birth.
Pets often have their litters in the middle of the night or in a place of their own choosing. Because pets need privacy when giving birth, any unnecessary intrusion can cause the mother to become seriously upset. These intrusions can result in an unwillingness to care for the offspring or in injury to the owners or to the pet.
6. I am concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia.
Placing a pet under anesthesia is a very common concern of owners. Although there is always a slight risk involved, the anesthetics currently used by veterinarians are very safe. Many veterinarians use equipment that monitors heart and respiratory rates during surgery to ensure that their patients are doing well under anesthesia. Thus, the medical benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered far outweigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anesthesia. Consult your veterinarian if your are concerned about this aspect of the procedure.
I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr....
Born unwanted and unloved,
I see all this and more from above....
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die....
I see unwanted thousands born....
and when they die...nobody mourns....
These are castaways who will never see love or security....
A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters--nobody takes home....
We cry, we feel, we love....
Our presence now only known from God above....
My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend....
The living ones need you now....
Please stop their abuse somehow.
PLEASE MAKE ROOM FOR AN ABUSED OR RESCUED DOG OR CAT
IN YOUR HOME AND IN YOUR HEART
In My Kitchen
In my Kitchen
There lies a bowl
Made of the finest marble
It's for a dog, ya know
Not one that's here
Or lived here before
But for the dog out there
I may never know
It's left in the kitchen
To remind us all
That somewhere there is a dog
Whose belly's not full
It lays here waiting
Just in case
That dog comes here
For love and grace
So people ask
Why keep this bowl?
The answers easy
The story I told
There is a dog
That needs this bowl
He lays in my heart
My body and soul
He fights each day
Just to survive
And the bowl
Will lay waiting
Til the end of time