Overpopulation Essay

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Every year, approximately six to eight million unwanted animals enter U.S. shelters every year. Even worse, only half ever leave alive. Three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Well over quarter-million a month, 68,000 a week, 405 each hour, one every nine seconds. (Geyerr, 2015). Every local animal shelter is filled to capacity with cats and dogs of all ages and breeds. Some are surrendered, most are lost or abandoned, but all are unwanted. Euthanasia in animal shelters is the leading cause of death of healthy dogs and cats. While the reasons for this crisis are multi-faceted, they 're not complex. And, the problems that cause animals to become homeless and end up in animal shelters are preventable. An…show more content…
There are other benefits to spaying and neutering your pet. Such as, increased lifespan, health & wellness, reduced roaming, improved mood, and reduced bad behavior or marking (inappropriate urination). There are 30 to 40 million community cats and only 2% are spayed or neutered. This population is estimated to be responsible for up to 80% of the kittens born ito the u.s. each year. Community cats are either friendly strays most likely lost or abandoned family pets or feral (unsocialized and born in the wild). These cats usually live in colonies or communities and do not have owners. (HSUS, n.d.) These communities are usually sustained and fed by compassionate individuals, many of who participate in the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program which stops the breeding cycle and improves the lives of community cats. These animals are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and ear tipped. Ear tipping is the universal sign that a cat has been altered and returned to their outdoor home.

There is a campaign targeted towards those who are looking for an animal, called “Adopt Don’t Shop”. This campaign educates people about the benefits of adopting from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder. Breeders are another cause of the overpopulation crisis. Not all breeders are the same, but all of them do it for personal

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