Monday, January 02, 2006

What don't people understand about "spay and neuter"?

We have all heard the excuses for not spaying and neutering pets: I want my children to see the "miracle of birth;" "We always find homes for the puppies/kittens" (and for every one you give away, another has to die at a shelter); "I can't afford it" (very low-cost spay/neuter programs are available in all areas).

Now it appears that another excuse is "I have a fence." After Katrina, many dogs died of drowning, injury, and starvation, and many were rescued. But when fences were blown away or knocked down by flood waters, dogs who had lived in fenced-in yards took to the streets, where they met up with street dogs. The result is an explosion of puppies in the New Orleans area. Obviously, if the dogs in the fenced-in yards had been neutered and spayed, their meetings with the street dogs would not have resulted in pregnancies.

An explosion of puppies means more dead Katrina dogs, of course. There are spay-neuter units going through the city now, trying to get people to have their animals spayed and neutered, but they are encountering resistance because people are afraid to let go of the animals.

We have Roxie and Velma because a woman in Kenner, Louisiana did not want to feed them after their mother gave birth to them. If she was so opposed to having more cats, why didn't she get the mother spayed? Fortunately, a rescue group took the kittens, and they eventually wound up with us.


We adopted a 3-month-old puppy and moved a few weeks later, and people actually asked us what we were going to do with the dog. It offended us that "TAKE HER WITH US" was not the obvious answer, or that the question was even asked. But it was. We got our two beloved kitties because people were moving and "couldn't take them." As badly as people treat other people, we shouldn't be surprised that animals get it worse.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:14 PM  

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