letter to the editor

We are supposedly a nation of dog and cat lovers. Why, then, do we in the United States kill three million of them each and every year? Because there just aren’t enough homes for them.

It is too bad that “kill” animal shelters have to exist, but what can be done when the building is full of animals and more dogs and cats are dropped off? The same is true with “no kill” shelters. When there is no more room, people then often abandon or kill their companion animals.

The South has the worse dog and cat overpopulation in the entire United States. The only solution to this needless killing of companion animals is a massive spaying and altering of rabbits, dogs, cats, purebred and mixed breeds. Breeders are at fault, there is no need to breed anything when so many animals die. Anyone breeding dogs and cats should rescue unwanted animals of their particular breed instead. Did you know that 25 percent of animals in animal shelters are purebred?

Contrary to popular belief, neutering will not cause a male to become a “sissy” but will make him less aggressive and more apt to stay home. The operations will not cause a dog or cat to gain weight; overfeeding and lack of exercise will, though. Spay/alter will not cause personality change except to make a dog or cat calmer. There is absolutely no truth to the belief that allowing one litter is good for the mother; this only adds to overpopulation. The operations are perfectly safe today with barely a scar remaining.

Feral cats need not be killed. If there is a dedicated caretaker, they can be spayed, neutered and released in the same area. A stable cat colony will keep all other animals out of the area.

All pet supply stores and pet shops must showcase shelter animals so they have a better chance of being adopted. All veterinarians should donate a portion of their time to low-cost spay-neuter. This is urgently needed!

Barbara Bonsignore


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