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27 February 2000 Issue
The Ten Worst Excuses Not To Spay or Neuter a Pet

(reprinted from a Dear Abby column)

1. Just one litter and then we'll have Fluffy spayed.

* Studies show that virtually the entire pet overpopulation stems from "just one litter."

2. My dog doesn't run loose, so he doesn't need to be fixed.

* Murphy's law says otherwise.

3. We always find homes for the kittens/puppies.

* And that means that an equal number of kittens/puppies at the pound will be killed.

4. I want the children to witness the miracle of birth.

* Rent a video.

5. My dog is so cute and unique, there should be more of her.

* The shelters and pounds are full of cute and unique dogs.

6. It's not natural.

* There hasn't been anything natural about dogs since we began to develop breeds thousands of years ago.

7. I just couldn't look my dog in the eye if I had him castrated.

8. A female dog or cat should have at least one litter for health reasons.

* Medically, factually and ethically indefensible.

9. Neutering my dog will make him fat and lazy.

* Too much food and not enough exercise make a dog fat and lazy.

10. Fixing my pet will change his personality.

* The primary influences on an animal's personality are the kindness and care with which he is raised.

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