Mandatory Sterilization for all State Shelters

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According to Americanhumane.org, 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. Freeing up space through the unfortunately bleak method of euthanization allows more animals to find a forever home and get off the streets because the supply of animals at the shelters is able to meet the demand for healthy, friendly, adoptable animals. 

So why are shelters surpassing capacity so often?  Domestic animals are ridiculously overpopulated. It’s not possible to gain precise statistics for homeless cat and dog populations, but as the ASPCA states, about 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. The root of this problem has to do with the fact that only 10% of the animals that shelters take in have been sterilized. In order to understand why mandatory sterilization of every animal that enters a shelter is the most effective solution to domestic animal overpopulation, it is imperative to first understand how explosive domestic animal reproduction truly is.

Each female cat can have a litter of about 4 kittens, 3 times a year. The result of this rapid rate of reproduction is an exponentially increasing homeless animal population. SpayUSA has illustrated that, without intervention, more than 2 million litters of unwanted cats are born in eight years from just one cat and its offspring. So far the approach most of society has taken has been a back ended one- euthanizations in shelters and the trapping of feral cats for euthanization. When states try to solve the overpopulation problem with euthanasia only programs, they are guaranteeing the need for more euthanizations in the future because this practice does nothing to stop the domestic animal population’s exponential reproduction rate.

Some states have wisely switched to requiring sterilization of all intake domestic animals before adoption and trap and neuter programs of feral cats in areas where bird populations cats prey on are not threatened.  The systemic change has made a big difference in the exponentially increasing homeless domestic animal population, but the change has only occurred in some states. The drastically overpopulated homeless animal population is a problem that calls for a nationwide change; one that is ordered by Congress so that we can tackle the homeless strays on the streets problem efficiently.

Some people are opposed to sterilization, but what’s more immoral? The premature death of animals that could be in loving homes or sterilization procedures that will dramatically reduce the need for euthanasia?  People hear that sterilization will change an animal’s personality, but sterilization only makes your pet less aggressive and less likely to roam. There are so many health benefits associated with sterilization that the benefits outweigh the health risks. If you’re still a skeptic, check out this guide that was published by Brown University.

But wait! There’s more you can do to change the number of American homeless pets! Our Congressmen and Congresswomen make changes only if we, their constituents, place political pressure on them. Imagine how much more just 50 emails could do! Luckily for you, I’ve written a letter that you can use, and you can find your congressperson’s email address here. This site will allow you to copy and paste the letter written below, and send it through the site itself after typing your email address and choosing a topic! (hint: Mandatory Sterilization for All State Sponsored Shelters is a great subject line.)

Dear Congressperson,

As your constituent, I urge you to get involved with the American domestic pet overpopulation problem by requiring:

1. All state sponsored shelters to sterilize all domestic intake animals before adoption.

2. All state sponsored feral cat euthanization programs implemented in areas where bird populations cats prey on are not threatened to switch to the Trap Neuter Return program.  

 Domestic animals are ridiculously overpopulated, and these changes will make a remarkable difference. It’s not possible to gain precise statistics for homeless cat and dog populations, but as the ASPCA states, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. The root of this problem has to do with the fact that only 10% of the animals that shelters take in have been sterilized. In order to understand why mandatory sterilization of every animal that enters a shelter is the most effective solution to domestic animal overpopulation, it is imperative to first understand how explosive domestic animal reproduction truly is.

Each female cat can have a litter of about 4 kittens, 3 times a year. The result of this rapid rate of reproduction is an increasing homeless animal population. SpayUSA has illustrated that, without intervention, more than 2 million litters of unwanted cats are produced in eight years from the reproduction of just one cat and its descendants. So far most of society has approached this problem back endedly- with euthanizations in shelters and the trapping of feral cats for euthanization. When states try to solve the overpopulation problem with euthanization only programs, they are guaranteeing the need for more euthanizations in the future because euthanasia does nothing to stop the domestic animal population’s exponential reproduction rate.

Some states have wisely switched to requiring sterilization of all intake domestic animals before adoption and Trap Neuter Release programs of feral cats in areas where bird populations are not threatened.  The systemic change has made a big difference in the exponentially expanding homeless domestic animal population, but the change has only occurred in some states. The drastically overpopulated domestic animal population calls for a nationwide change; one that is ordered by Congress so that we can tackle the homeless strays on the streets problem efficiently.

I signed the Mandatory Sterilization for all State Sponsored Shelters petition, and I, along with everyone else who signed, would appreciate it if you supported the movement’s cause in Congress.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your constituent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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