Control Pet Overpopulation
Four million cats and dogsabout one every eight secondsare put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them.
A solution is possible and starts with each of us taking one small step: getting our own pets spayed or neutered. To help stop pet overpopulation further, consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter.
Benefits of Rescuing a Pet
- The cost of adopting a pet at an animal shelter is usually inexpensive compared to buying one from a breeder or pet store. Often animals adopted from shelters have already been neutered or there is some economic incentive to have the animal neutered. Most of these animals have also been wormed and vaccinated.
- Adopting a companion animal from a shelter means you are helping, and not contributing to, the pet overpopulation problem.
- Adopting a mature dog or cat means that you do not have to go through the demanding stage of raising a puppy or kitten.
- With a mature pet you have a good idea of the animal's temperament and you know the animal's adult size, hair coat etc.
- Mature pets are often house-trained (although some mistakes will likely occur until the animal is used to his/her new family, home and routine) and may even have some basic training.
- Providing the animals get along, an adopted pet can be good company for other pets.
- Shelter animals have beautiful temperaments and want to please their new guardians.
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