As spring starts to break out across the US pet owners begin to pay more attention to fleas, ticks and other varmints that can harm our pets. But something we forget to pay attention to is the staggering number of unwanted pets that are born in the spring, simply because pets haven’t been spayed or neutered.
Did you know about 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs (about one every 11 seconds) is put down in US shelters around the country? That’s a lot of reasons to talk to friends, neighbors and colleagues about the importance of spaying and neutering.
Now think of all the pets that are loved and in homes. There are 73 million households (approximately 2/3 of the total number of US households) that have one or more pets, with dogs living in 39% of all homes, amounting to more than 78.2 million owned dogs in the US.
What’s the point? We love our pets, cherish them and often spend a great deal of money on them. At Shakespeare Animal Fund we get to hear from many who love and cherish their pets but can’t afford to pay for emergency vet bills when something unexpected and traumatic happens. And many of these pets are those rescued off the streets, part of the enormous homeless population.
Please help all animals by spreading the word about the incredible importance of spaying and neutering…and enjoy a wonderful spring with your pet(s)!