When I was younger I would count all the dead animals that were by the road any time we were out driving. There were always way too many. There were cats, dogs, deer, and even birds. It seemed like no animal was safe. It’s been happening more and more due to animal overpopulation.
Animal overpopulation is a serious problem. It is impossible to determine just how many stray cats and dogs live in the U.S., but it is estimated to be about 70 million for cats alone.
According to humanesociety.org, a fertile cat can have up to two litters a year, with 4-6 kittens each litter. The average fertile dog produces one litter a year; the average number of puppies is 4-6 each. IDAUS.org estimated that in only seven years, a female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats. In just six years, one female dog and her brood can produce as many as 67,000 puppies.
ASPCA.org says seven dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the U.S. Only one in five puppies and kittens stays in original home all it’s life. The other four are abandoned to the streets to freeze to death or end up in a shelter. It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $2 billion each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals. It costs more money to raise a litter of kittens than it does to spay/neuter one. The cost of spaying/neutering a pet depends on the on its weight, size, and what kind of animal it is
Catnetstanford.edu estimated that every 1.5 seconds a shelter animal is killed. That’s 192,308 per week, or 27,437 pets euthanized every 24 hours, 365 days a year. If you have room in your heart and home, consider adopting from an animals shelter. An estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year across the U.S. You have the ability to change that. Just think of how shelter animals feel when they see somebody walking into the shelter and they know that they might finally be getting a home with somebody who will love and take care of them instead of living in a cage. Think of how it feels for them when it doesn’t happen because you wanted a breed they didn’t have. Those animals hope. They hope that one day somebody will come for them, love them. Instead, they are euthanized because you were too picky. Adopt from a shelter, because those animals will love you for saving their life.
Sterilizing dogs and cats more than we already do can drastically reduce the number of puppies and kittens born so that shelters can care for, and place, those that are already there, in loving homes.
IDAUS.org advices you to adopt animals from shelters. If you have room in your heart and home, consider adopting from an animals shelter. An estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year across the U.S. You have the ability to change that.
Any site will advice pet owners to put collars and ID tags on your animal friends so you can get them back if they get lost. Ask your vet to implant a microchip under their skin for permanent identification. Also try to prevent your dog or cat from getting lost in the first place. Secure your yard. Consider keeping cats indoors, as they live longer than outdoor cats.
If you don’t have the money to spay/neuter your pat, go to getyourfix.org. There are people who will sponsor you. They will give you their own money to help spay/neuter your animals. There are people put there that will help you. They want to help stop the massacre of innocent animals.
By: Megan Mobley