Homeabandoning catsUSA: Economic Upturn-Decline In Number Of Unwanted Pets?

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USA: Economic Upturn-Decline In Number Of Unwanted Pets? — 2 Comments

  1. I know the animal control people here in Riverside California have been trying to reduce the number of pets abandoned in shelters and strays on the street. There are public service ads admonishing viewers to adopt shelter pets rather than buy them. My favorites are those told from the viewpoint of happy adopted pets that end “I love my Human.” Also, all pets that are adopted from shelters must be spayed or neutered. We also have a no-kill shelter that is supported with fund-raising and donations called the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center. They have a good working relationship with the county shelter. Both shelters have youth and volunteer programs where those in the community can learn about caring for pets and spend time caring for the animals in custody. This saves tax money, creates an active group of concerned animal lovers, and the well-being of our four-footed friends is increased. A win-win-win situation. Also, we have two programs that help keep pets with their owners: One takes in donated pet food to be distributed to the poor and elderly, and the other provides low cost ($14) or free spay and neuter services for low income individuals. Are animals still euthanized? Yes, but in my area the numbers are way down. Currently the county shelter has 35 cats for adoption (for a county of over a million people)and in the not-so-distant past, there were about 150. Animals are held for 3-4 months rather than just a week. It’s not the animals that are the problem, it’s the people. Using different approaches and involving different parts of the community as made a real difference here in Riverside.

    • EXACTLY RIVERSIDE ROBYN very true i could never just give my animals up even if i came to times of being poor. They give so much love back in return.

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