SAVE LIVES, SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET
Pet overpopulation is the number 1 cause of animal cruelty. When people are inconvenienced by too many cats or dogs, they turn to cruel dumping or releasing of their pets into the streets or sidewalks. In these situations, dumped ex-housepets are at the highest risk of getting run over or targeted by cruel individuals.
Stray dogs and cats that are fed, but not neutered – are more likely to reproduce at a faster rate. More stray dogs and cats translate to more incidents of bites which often lead local government units to panic and launch a massive collect-and-kill-stray-animals campaign .
People call up PAWS mostly to turn over pets that have reproduced uncontrollably.
They express surprise when PAWS explains that it does not take in pets of other people, only victims of cruelty or neglect where the animal offenders are charged with violation of Animal Welfare Act in court.
They usually ask “Is there no other agency that I can turn over my pet for adoption?”
But there is no “agency” that will take in unwanted pets except perhaps the City Pound or your local animal control unit. The animals are then put to sleep or euthanized if they are not claimed by anyone.
When people look to the Pound to bring their animals, they are basically sentencing the animals to death. Worse, a humane death cannot be guaranteed because many of these pounds still use inhumane methods of putting animals down (i.e. via tambucho or vehicle gas exhaust fumes or selling to dogmeat traders – which is illegal)
It is quite naïve for people to think that there will be enough homes for all the animals that are brought into this world by unfixed pets. Or to think that there are takers for their abandoned animals when no rehabilitation has taken place behaviorally (for biting dogs) or physically (for unhealthy or sick dogs).
If a pet owner has failed to make provisions for his pet financially, or find that he cannot rehome his pet when he is moving house or leaving the country, it may be best for the owner to actually take the responsible step of bringing the animal to his own vet to be euthanized properly.
It is a sad story for a nation that has little awareness on spay-neuter surgeries that prevent pet pregnancies. Each month, an average city pound in the Philippines puts down 200 unwanted and unclaimed dogs.
There are virtually no government-funded outreach spay-neuter programs – only anti-rabies vaccinations for dogs.
Every little effort taken to spay a pet or a stray actually translates to preventing the birth of unwanted puppies or kittens, thus, saving lives.
It is with this in mind that animal welfare groups all over the world celebrate International Spay Day – an event intended to encourage people to spay or neuter their companion animals. Strictly speaking, Spay Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of February of every year but the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which launched the event, announced that Spay Day can be celebrated throughout the whole month of February.
An added benefit of neutering animals: spayed or neutered pets live longer, healthier lives; less likely to develop some forms of reproductive cancers; are less likely to pick fights with other animals and are less likely to stray outside your yard in search of a mate.
A fixed pet therefore, is more relaxed, is better behaved and generally makes for a better house pet compared to an unneutered animal.
Hurray for neutered pets! Schedule your dog or cat for low-cost spay-neuter surgery now by calling PAWS at 4751688.
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For fliers about the benefits of Spay&Neuter in Filipino for distribution in barangays and communities, click on this link: www.paws.org.ph/Portals/_Rainbow/images/default/SN%20generic%20flyer.pdf