ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This week’s Pet of the Week is not one, but three adorable fluff-balls who need homes and represent the hoards of homeless kittens who’s suffering could have been avoided.
Spaying and neutering domestic pets and feral cats has significant benefits to both the animal, the environment and countless generations of future unwanted pets.
According to the HSUS, in every community, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.
The number of homeless animals varies by states. In some states, there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless “street” animals, these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.
Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Spay/neuter also reduces bad behavior like fighting, aggression, marking territory with urine, urge to roam and general anxiety.
For more information or if you would like to foster or adopt a homeless cat, visit Claws and Paws website.