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The Problem of Overcrowding in Animal Shelters
Animal care and control agencies in the United States are not required to keep a log of the number of animals they take in, send for adoption, are reclaimed or put down (euthanised).
The National Council published a study back in 1997 which looked at a thousand shelters at that time.
- They estimated that of the 1,000 shelters, over 4.3 million animals were handled.
- About 64% of the total number of animals that came in ended up being euthanised. That is approximately 2.7 million animals put down in the 1,000 shelters.
While some of these animals were sick or aggressive, the main reason why they were euthanised was because of overcrowding. With limited space to house these animals, shelter management is left with no choice but to put them down if attempts to have them reunited with their owners or adopted fail.
What Is Animal Birth Control?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the indiscriminate and accidental animal breeding result in millions of unwanted pets that end up abandoned in the United States every year.
They recommend having pets spayed or neutered as soon as they turn two months of age and two pounds in weight. However, if the animal is medically-contraindicated to undergo surgical sterilization, there may be no need to.
In India, many cities and small towns can get away with killing millions of stray animals just because they are not sterilised. The Indian government has ruled and forbidden the killing of strays as "they are not encroachers on earth . . . and it is the duty of every citizen to show compassion to these animals."
To control the strays and unwanted animals, the Animal Birth Control programme was born. It involves sterilization of animals by spaying of females and castration of males. It also has other benefits:
- Stabilisation of animal population as no new offsprings are born.
- Existing animal population would be familiar, harmless and healthy.
- Shelter dogs get more chances of being adopted.
- Gets local people more involved and take more responsibility towards the welfare and health of animals in the area
The most common ABCs are spay and neuter. The spay surgery on female animals involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus. The neuter method is usually used for male animals or a group of animals with unknown gender. The testicles are removed when neutering animals with the help of anaesthesia to ensure that the animals do not feel pain during the procedure. Pain medication would normally be prescribed for up to three days after the surgery to reduce discomfort.
Helping Shelter Pets Is Easy
We can all help to prevent this by practicing and promoting Animal Birth Control.
According to PETA's ABC programme,
Never breed or buy. Always adopt. Always spay and neuter.
PETA is working towards a "no-birth" and "no-kill" nation. One way to attain this is to ensure that the ABC programme succeeds. The less we buy from pet stores or breed our pets, the more chances we give to the animals in the shelters to find adoptive homes. They will be given the second lease at life.
As soon as the animal turns two to five months of age, they can be spayed or neutered already. Younger animals also tend to have an easier time with recovery as healing would be faster.
You can refer to these websites for free or inexpensive spay and neuter locations listed by US states:
370,000 Reasons to Spay and Neuter
Other Spay and Neuter Locations (Low-Cost or Free) Worldwide
- Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.