2013-08-15 / Lifestyles

News from the shelter

In the previous “News from the Shelter”, EBAS voiced the urgency for residents to come forward and adopt a shelter cat or two. As often happens, our generous community favorably responded and a few of our lovely felines were adopted. For the moment, a crisis was averted.

The sad reality is that this critical situation will occur again and again and yet again.

About 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs – about one every 11 seconds – are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Fortunately, that is not a statistic that applies to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter. Over 9 percent of the cats and dogs that arrive at our local shelter are adopted to responsible families. But, pet overpopulation is a national tragedy. It is a problem that plagues, frustrates and saddens most every community. Too many people still allow their dogs or cats to breed and produce unwanted litters.

Recently, an individual came to the shelter inquiring about our offer of low-cost spaying and neutering. That’s a good thing. The bad thing, however, is that the pet(s) had recently birthed 12 kittens

– which had been given to “good homes” with no assurance that they would be feline leukemia tested, spayed or neutered and thusly contributing to the problem.

Each new litter has the potential to reproduce exponentially. If you think it is important for children to experience the miracle of birth, consider the tragedy of death.

Many unwanted and unattended kittens and puppies become prey for predator animals, or are taken as “bait” animals by unscrupulous individuals engaging in illegal activities.

If unwanted litters survive, they can often suffer the misery of neglect, disease or starvation. Survival is a strong instinct. Even the cutest pups or the most adorable kittens can become nuisance animals such as a pack of dogs or a colony of feral cats.

Such animals are not safe for a community. As horrific as these circumstance are, the real tragedy is that there is a simple solution – spaying and neutering companion animals.

Not only will spayed and neutered animals not reproduce and add to the overpopulation problem, but also they will live healthier lives. They will be better companions because spaying or neutering stops unwanted mating behaviors – spraying, yowling, roaming, digging and fighting.

EBAS and the Thompson Veterinarian Clinic have a generous spay/neuter program in place. We’re doing our part. You, too, can help combat pet overpopulation.

Call for an appointment to spay and neuter your pets. Always adopt your pets from a legitimate shelter or nonprofit rescue group.

Consider all the responsibilities and consequences of pet ownership before deciding to get a pet and make a lifetime commitment to your pet.

Educate your children, friends, family members and co-workers about pet overpopulation, adoption and the importance of spaying and neutering..

Spay. Neuter. Adopt.

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Editor’s Note: “News from the shelter” features news, updates, and events from the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter. It is submitted by the shelter’s board members and volunteers.

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