Sunday, February 17, 2013

World Spay Day

World Spay Day is February 26, 2013 - hi-lighted by Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States

Well, I am no Bob Barker, but I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone to spay & neuter your pets.  There are now so many free and low cost Spay Neuter programs throughout the United States, there really is no excuse not to have your pet(s) surgically altered.  It's healthier for them and beneficial for you!

Approximate numbers of pets born each year, courtesy of Stephen Zawistowski, Executive Vice President, National Programs and Science Advisor at the ASPCA:

6,630,000 cats born in homes each year, roughly 18,165 per day (This number does NOT include feral cat births; you can increase this number by 30 to 50 percent to estimate feral cat births.)

and 6,040,000 dogs born in homes each year, roughly 16,559 per day

BUT only 4,116,000 people born per year in the US, roughly 11,277 per day.

That's 1.6 non-feral cats and 1.47 dogs per human born!!
You don't need to be a math major to see there simply aren't enough homes to continue with the current reproduction rates.

Nationwide, there are four million animals being killed in our nation's shelters every year. Animals entering the average shelter in America today only have a one in two chance of making it out alive and in some communities, only one out of 100 do.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding us all of this issue, Katt. It's so important. I live in an urban area and there are so many lost dogs, probably dumped, in the park across from my house plus groups of feral cats all over the city. It's very distressing to see hungry animals wandering around outside who should be indoors in loving homes. We all need to think long and hard before we get any kind of pet, even tropical fish. They all require care!

Have a lovely day!

Syracuse, NY

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