Spay/Neuter animals

United States
June 15, 2007 10:12pm CST
Why don't people spay and neuter their animals, when they don't want the offspring? It is so, so sad in todays world, we can control the amount of unwanted animals with a little responsibility. Yet it seems, few catch on to it. I live in a community where animals are everywhere. From horses, pigs, goats, dogs, cats, roosters, well you get the idea. I also live in the 'big' city, merely 30 minutes from Los Angeles. Frequently, people decide to 'drop' off their unwanted animals in our neighborhood. I find it appalling and heartbreaking. A few weeks ago, our dog saved a kitten. Though at the time I thought he had killed it. In the wee morning hours we heard the cries of a kitten, but thought it was calling for mommy. A while later the cries continued, this time with the dogs barking. Rush outside, only to feel overwhelmed with sadness. As there lay a kitten, who was not moving and thought with certainty the dog had killed it, as he was carrying it's limp body in his mouth. As it turns out, he saved her. She was starving to death, merely 3 weeks old at the most. Scared, frightened and literally stiff as a kitty could be, I will not go into further detail as to the condition of this poor kitten other than to say, we thought she was dead, but yay she wasn't. She wanted to rip our arms off in the beginning. She quickly learned we wanted to help and provided her with a safe haven, shelter and milk. We kept our ears open for momma cat, as well as possible other kittens that may show up. Two days later, we discovered the 2nd, then the 3rd. They had barely opened their eyes. They too were starving, skin and bones. Of course they too had to get use to the idea I was not out to cause harm, which also didn't take too long, considering I had the bottles :)) Well the good news is, they are all doing much better now. After bottle feeding, hand feeding, flea treatments, kitty food, water, potty training, etc they are healthy and playful, so full of life. Now it's a matter of finding them homes. Back to my original question, why don't people spay/neuter their animals? Can't we be responsible and prevent such tragedies from happening? Maybe I am a bleeding heart, but really can't we just try to be more responsible? What is your opinion?
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• United States
16 Jun 07
I am so glad that you were able to save those poor kitties. I used to live in the country and it is a shame how many homeless or "throw-away" animals we seem to have in our world. I also wish that more people were responsible for getting their pet spayed/neutered. I know there are all kinds of organizations that will help with the cost of spay/neuter treatments. I have had strays wander to my house forever it seems, and if I could catch them, I made a point to get them spayed/neutered. The problem with a lot of people not doing it is why we have so many homeless animals of all kinds in the world. I have been adopting pets from the local animal shelter in my town,too. This also helps get pets spayed and neutered. I hate going to the animal shelter, there are so many pets that have to be put down because people don't take the responsibility of having their pets unable to have litters. Anyway, I am rambling now, but I agree with you, more people need to step up and make the right choice to spay or neuter, and be better pet owners.
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• United States
16 Jun 07
My goodness, we too have the strays show up here. We often joke that we must have a sign that reads 'Suckers...hungry? need shelter? stop here!' Yet it also isn't at all funny, due to the amount of animals we do get. All of our personal pets are rescues from the local kill shelter and we are at the legal limit of owning them. When these new orphans arrive, in which ever method they arrive, we provide temporary care until we can find them a permanent home. You are so right, there are endless low/no cost clinics that provide services to domestic animals and they are completely underused! It's a real shame. Perhaps we can use forums such as these to spread the word and inform people of the necessity to provide at least the minimum care for their pets, with the hope it prevents further unwanted and overpopulation of orphaned animals. I'm rambling now, forgive me. It is a touchy subject for me and I really get upset about it. Bless your heart too, for all you have done to help animals in this world. I certainly thank you!!!
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@natrlvr2 (384)
• United States
16 Jun 07
I volunteer at a local NO KILL animal shelter and it is a shame all the pregnant cats and mothers with kitten that are there.Not to mention the dogs and puppies.More cats than dogs though.Anyone who does not take precautions when it comes to unwanted kttens/puppies should volunteer at an animal shelter.
• United States
16 Jun 07
What a wonderful idea, to have people volunteer at shelters! I also think it should be a requirement for those who adopt animals from the local shelters to volunteer there as well. It seems many animals get adopted for a childs b-day, christmas etc only to later decide they don't want it and they too get dumped. Bless your heart and thank you for your time of providing care to these animals that come in. I know it must feel overwhelmingly sad and probably not completely recognized as a job that matters! So again I thank you!
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• United States
26 Jun 07
California is about to get a new law that would require all dogs and cats be neutered by four months old with stiff fines and penalties if they aren't. Legitimate breeders can get exemption permits. The AKC is opposing this law. PETA is endorsing it. http:// www.cahealthypets.com/ AB 1634 Official Site - California Healthy Pets Act The 2007 California Healthy Pets Act will save millions of taxpayer dollars, reduce the forced euthanasia of adoptable animals, help our pets stay healthy,... To read PETA's endorsement: getactive.peta.org/campaign/bill_maher_healthy_pets To read AKC's reasons for opposition: http://www.akc.org/canine_legislation/CA_action_center.cfm To read more reasons to oppose: http://www.ab1634.com/ To read a balanced USA today article: http://www.cahealthypets.com/
• United States
29 Jun 07
Thanks for the information. It's good to know something is being done to avoid unwanted animals. On the other hand, it almost seems drastic, what about those who wish to have a pet but not spend thousands of dollars on a purebred?
• United States
30 Jun 07
This is why I did not choose a position to advocate. I am pulled both ways on this bill. It has been enacted in two cities in California. Both had large drops in pound euthansias. The first is now 60% lower than its pre-law levels. That appeals to me. But, as you said, what about those of us who do not want to or have the money to buy a purebred? I wish I had more confidence in the result.