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                          SPAY/NEUTER ...IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
                                                BY Jude Lassow

                                               DID YOU KNOW????

     According to sources at PETA, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, three to four million cats and dogs are born to die each year.  More than 50,000 kittens and puppies are born each day in the United States alone. 
Why are so many healthy, adoptable cats and dogs dying?  The answer: there are not enough responsible homes for these unwanted animals.  The solution: SPAY/NEUTER! 
     The  Life Cycle for cats and dogs
* The Humane Society of the United States, that In 7 years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring, can reproduce 420,000 cats. 
*In 6 years, one female dog and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs.  Spay one cat and stop the birth of 100 unwanted, homeless kittens.  According to All For Animals newsletter, it costs the US taxpayers an estimated $2 billion dollars each year to round up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals.  What's wrong with this picture?  Veterinarians take an oath, 'First DO NO HARM', says Dr. Robert Taylor, DVM.  It is morally, ethically and spiritually wrong to kill God's  creatures.  
     This mind-set of 'tossing a pet' has become an epidemic in this society.  If a cat or dog doesn't work out 'getting rid of it' is NOT the right solution.  Bringing a house pet to a kill shelter is selfish and
mean-spirited.  Some  'feral' cats and dogs, were house pets, who were dumped in a park.  It is shameful, cruel and against the law to 'dump' a pet.  These pampered pets don't know how to hunt for food or take of themselves.  The worst scenario: tossing to cat or a dog out the window of a car on the highway!  If these unwanted pets miraculously survive this cruelty, they breed until they perish, or starve to death.  Where is the humanity to respect God's creatures?
     Some rescuers TNR=Trap Neuter Release, feed, and make outdoor shelters for homeless cats. 

 Spay/Neuter first is the right thing to do
.  It stops unwanted kittens from being born and tortured.  However, other cat people ONLY feed hungry kitties, BUT do not spay/neuter.  This creates a colony of sickly, inbred cats with upper repertory infections and runny eyes.  Untreated, these feral cats will go blind.  Sadly, many of these inbred kittens and their siblings are born with Aids/Leukemia or other fatal air born diseases.  These poor little babies suffer, starve to death, are poisoned or tortured to death.  All this is preventable:  SPAY/NEUTER is the solution to the 
pet overpopulation crisis we have in America now.  
     ***HOUSE PETS NEED TO BE SPAYED/NEUTERED.  A puppy or kitten can be altered between 4 to six months of age.  Check with your vet.  There are health and behavioral benefits to spaying/neutering your pet.  It does settle the hormonal imbalance for both males and females.  Dogs and cats are calmer and more in balance when they are altered and make better pet companions.  
For females health:  Spaying can prevent pyometra, which is an infected uterus, mammary tumors-breast cancer, false pregnancies, Ovarian and uterine tumors.  
For males health:  Neutering can prevent testicular and prostrate cancer, and infection of the testicles.  
* The behavioral benefits for male cats:  no spraying around with a pungent stinky order, no roaming, aggression, or biting.  
* The behavioral benefits for male dogs: no marking territories with urine or feces, no aggression, no territorialism being over protective of dog's home ground, wandering around looking for females, dominance, frustration and unwanted sexual behavior such as: licking, mounting legs, and horniness.  
* The behavioral benefits for female cats: no night time screaming, no urinating outside the litter pan, no chronic PMS symptoms.
* The behavioral benefits for female dogs:  No heat cycle, no bleeding.
      Contact www.muffins.org for low cost spay/neuter information and a list of 30 participating veterinarian offices in Brooklyn. 
Be a part of the solution -
Spaying or Neutering is the right thing to do.
     Have Oprah Winfrey do a SPAY/Neuter show  TODAY!
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