To the Telegram:
They are lonely, hungry and homeless. They have no one to care for them until entering the cage that another animal previously occupied before its life was taken away.
Now there is another animal to occupy the small, plain, lonely cage until the day comes when the companion animal is either adopted by a loving human who will care for it or until euthanasia takes place.
This is the harsh reality of overpopulation in animal shelters all across the United States, but there are many people and organizations devoted to making this reality a thing of the past.
Overpopulation in animal shelters results in unnecessary euthanasia, which has been an ongoing problem for decades, but there is good news on the horizon.
We now have ways to prevent euthanasia in perfectly healthy animals due to shelter overpopulation.
The American Animal Welfare Association states on its website: “Thousands of animals that the city’s shelter would have euthanized a decade ago now routinely find new homes.” This is due to the low-cost spay and neuter programs available to owners on a tight budget.
So, how does sterilizing one animal help stop animal overpopulation and premature deaths, you might wonder?
Spaying and neutering your animal helps decrease the animal population because it prevents births of unwanted litters that would otherwise end up in shelters. It’s time we buckle down and show our animals we really care by taking advantage of these programs.
It is an animal owner’s responsibility to make sure their animals are taken care of, and spaying/neutering companion animals not only prevents unwanted litters but also prevents disease such as breast cancer in dogs and cats.
By offering animal owners low-cost spay and neuter program, along with other measures like micro-chipping and encouraging adoption from their shelter instead of from breeders, Animal Allies of Duluth/Superior has, as of 2013, according to its web site, achieved a 98 percent live-release rate, which, among animal shelters nationally, is quite outstanding.
At Animal Allies, euthanasia is used only for animals that are unhealthy and untreatable.
It’s time to take action and use the resources available to keep our animals healthy, to prevent as many unnecessary deaths as possible.
If you have a pet that has not yet been spayed or neutered, contact Animal Allies, 715-394-7387, to ask if you qualify for low-cost animal services, or call your veterinarian. It could save not only your own animal’s life, but perhaps others in your animal’s neighborhood as well.