the Arms of an Angel” and there are dogs and cats sitting behind a closed kennel door looking at the camera with sad eyes. This breaks my heart every time I see this commercial or hear the song playing on the radio. There are many millions of animals that are unloved, neglected and abandoned in shelters each year because people do not participate in getting their animals’ spayed or neutered or the animals are over bred for profit.
Animal overcrowding in shelters is only one reason of many as to why pet owners should spay or neuter their pets, but it is the most important reason of all. Shelters all over the United States are past the overcrowded level and even dog rescue groups are finding it harder and harder everyday to find homes for animals in their care. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (P.E.T.A) over 50,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States alone. Furthermore, P.E.T.A. also states that about 9 million animals enter shelters every year and of that amount 3 to 4 million of these animals each year are euthanized. While reading this information I keep seeing the Sara McLaughlin song and the commercial over and over in my head and wishing that I had a larger home to care for more animals. When looking at the numbers, imagine that half of the animals that were born each year were spayed or neutered, and then we would be looking at a lot less animals being killed by us each year.
Many of the animals in shelters can make wonderful pets and only want someone to love, but due to overcrowding some shelters are forced to put theses lovable animals down. Many of these animals are young healthy animals, a lost loved pet that went unclaimed, puppies or kitties of a litter from an irresponsible pet owner, from puppy mills, or even from a pet owner that could no longer keep their animals. When you think about all these situations, the amount of animals in a shelter can rapidly increase every day, and this is very sad that we have done this to our “furry friends”.
Spaying and neutering your animal can not only help with the overcrowding in shelters but can actually be beneficial to your home and pets. Male dogs and cats when un-neutered have a tendency to “mark” their property. When they mark their territory it can lead to a very unpleasant smell in and around your home. Have you ever walked a dog and noticed them peeing frequently on fire hydrants, trees, corners or certain sections in the yard? This would be your male animal stating that he is a male. When you neuter your male animal, this behavior decreases and thus you can have a cleaner smelling house. Also, it is a recognizes concept amongst pet owners that getting your animal “fixed” can help with behavioral issues such as aggression, dominance, and also sexual arousal around a female animal. Female dogs and cats go into a heat cycle, similar to that of a female human. Their cycle causes them to bleed for about two weeks and can make...