Spay Neuter Programs
The Only Way to Reduce the Number of Homeless Dogs
Low cost or no cost spay neuter programs are available in nearly every community. Still, there are thousands of dogs that are not spayed or neutered by their owners. Because these owners are not being responsible and sterilizing their dogs, thousands of puppies continue to be born each year without thought or planning.
Shelters and rescue organizations exist because there are more dogs in this world than there are homes for. The only way to reduce the number of homeless dogs is to reduce the number of puppies being born each year.
Spay Neuter Programs
The number of people that should be breeding dogs is quite small in comparison to the number of people that allow breeding to happen. Professional breeders are dedicated to a particular breed and have spent their lives understanding that breed and doing what they can to further that particular breed. These breeders typically show thier dogs and have only a few litters of puppies each year. Each litter is carefully planned and potential owners are screened carefully.
The Not So Responsible Breeders
Backyard breeders are much different than the professional breeder. Most of you know someone in this category. They love their dog and think it is the best dog in the world and puppies would be a fun experience for the family. Others feel that every female dog should be “allowed” to be a mother at least once. Some think it’s a quick and easy way to make a few dollars. Others breed a favorite dog just so they can keep one of the puppies.
Backyard breeders are not experts on the breed. They are typically breeding pet quality dogs. They do not have the dogs screened for genetic defects and cannot guarantee the health and temperment of the puppies. They may breed their own dogs or may post a classified ad for a stud or to advertise stud services. These breeders are not attempting to enhance or further the breed. These breeders are creating puppies “for the fun of it.”
Most of the puppies produced by these backyard breeders are pure breed dogs. Sometimes registered and sometimes with “no papers”. However, with the designer dog craze at the moment, what used to be a “mutt” is now a desireable poodle, maltese, or other fancy cross. These new designer dogs are selling for more money than the registered pure breed dogs. This current fad is fuelly more creative and profitable breeding for the backyard breeders.
Unplanned litters are also plentiful. When owners choose not to spay or neuter their dogs, litters of puppies are inevitable. Owners may think its cruel to neuter a dog. They may have just procrastinated having the dog altered. Or, it may never have ocurred to them that it was the responsible thing to do. Sooner or later, puppies are born.
The owners are desperate to find anyone to take these cute little accidents. These puppies are advertised in the classifieds as free or very inexepensive. These puppies are put in a box and the owners sit on the street corner peddling the puppies to passers by. They have their children pull them through the neighborhood in a wagon trying to find anyone willing to fall in love with those little fur balls. But the puppies quickly grow and it’s not always easy to find homes for these unplanned puppies. Many of them end up at your local shelter.
Preventing Puppies Saves the Lives of Homeless Dogs
If each dog owner was responsible and spayed or neutered their dog, the shelters would soon be empty. For each puppy that is born from a backyard breeder or unplanned litter that finds a home, there is a dog or puppy in a shelter that does not find a home and has to be euthanized. Neither the backyard breeder nor the unplanned litter scenarios above are your typical abuse cases. However, indiscriminent breeding of dogs directly affects the ability of homeless dogs to find new homes.
There is currently an overpopulation of dogs in this world with more dogs than there are homes for. There are millions of homeless puppies and dogs in shelters across the country. More than half of these dogs and puppies currently in the shelters will be euthanized because permanent homes cannot be found. There is a direct relationship between the puppies that are sold and the number of shelter dogs that are euthanized. A shelter dog loses his chance at a forever home for each puppy that is sold.
Spay Neuter Program Resources
In an effort to decrease the number of homeless dogs, most communities across the country offer low cost or no cost spay neuter programs. These spay neuter programs will subsidize the cost for you so that you can have your dog spayed or neutered for less than $50 depending on your income.
There are no excuses. Part of being a responsible dog owner is making sure that you properly care for your dog. This care includes making sure your dog is sterilized. To find spay neuter programs available in your area, speak to your local veterinarian or contact your local animal shelter.
Following are some of the larger and national organizations that have spay neuter programs.
Friends of Animals Spay Neuter Certificates