Pet Overpopulation Case Study

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As I’ve investigated, the same problem to our city pet overpopulation keeps coming up; unwanted breeding. Animals, domesticated or not mostly act on instinct. When domesticated animals are in heat, their behavior changes as they search for a mate to soothe their instinctual desires. Pet owners usually skip on spaying neutering their pets because of the cost and burden of taking care of a post-surgery animal for two days. Most veterinarians charge over $100 (also depending on the sex, canine/feline, weight, age) for sterilizing an animal but low cost clinics exist, costing up to 30-40% less than a normal vet costs. Unfortunately, the public isn’t always aware unless they do extensive google research. As Leslie Irvine states in this case on pet…show more content…
Many owners are unaware of the consequences caused by not fixing their extended family member, even if they are cautious. As Bob Barker always expressed before ending an episode of “The Price is Right”, "Help Control the Pet Population, Have Your Pets Spayed or Neutered." Understanding the importance, the game show host strived to make the audience aware of the growing problem. “Adoption agencies, humane societies, and other shelters should no longer be content to merely serve the traditional function of warehousing unwanted pets. In doing so, they inadvertently contribute to the influx of animals in their shelters” writes D.S. Tuber on the attitudes of most city funded shelters (Tuber 385). It may not reflect every worker’s stance, but if more were done such as offering services, maybe the appearance of this negative view would fade. Houston has arranged with SNAP, a mobile clinic that does offer spay/neutering services for free, but there’s a big limit on it. SNAP only offers free services “to clients who can show proof of participation in a public assistance program and only accepts a maximum of 24 cats and dogs at a time. Qualifying residents are chosen from a lottery held at 6:30AM on surgery day” (Masilow 2015). This seems quite discouraging to many, probably not even bothering to show up on the chance. A more organized service with appointments and less qualifications should be offered to city residents, especially those on lower
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