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From 30 April 2001 Special Issue:
Why you should always spay and neuter your companion animals

Pet Population Control
by Holly Frisby, DVM

Is pet overpopulation really a problem?

Absolutely! In the United States alone, more than 50,000 puppies and kittens are born each day.  For every pet with a place he can happily call home, there are 4 companion animals who are homeless, neglected or abused.  Millions of these animals enter America's animal shelters and 30 to 60 percent of them have to be destroyed each year because no one wants them - that's 4 to 6 million animals!

What can I do?

Spay and neuter your pet(s).  Encourage leash laws which will help keep dogs safe and either at home or with their families.  Educate others about this pet overpopulation problem.  People who know the facts can make the right decisions.   Express your thanks to veterinarians who reduce their spay/neuter fees and work with their local shelters to assure only neutered or spayed animals are placed.   Since 1980, puppies and kittens who receive their complete vaccination series at the Drs. Foster and Smith Veterinary Hospital are spayed or neutered free-of-charge.   I know I can find homes for all the offspring my pet will have when I breed her/him.  So, it's fine if I go ahead, right?  In 6 years one female dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies.  In 7 years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.

Source: Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc. Veterinary Services Department http://www.peteducation.com/pet_care_and_safety/petpopcontrol.htm

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