The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

May 7, 2014

Spay/neuter

No more dog and cat daddies

Deadbeat doggy dads and careless cat cousins better beware — the Summers County Humane Society has their number.

The organization, which has no animal shelter and operates on a tight budget, received a $7,000 grant Tuesday from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to aid in raising awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

The award came about as a result of the Summers society’s recent efforts during World Spay Day, an annual campaign of the HSUS.

During the campaign, 30 dogs and cats were given spay/neuter vouchers, an action that prompted the national group to give the locals one of just nine grants awarded around the country.

The Summers society will use the funds to further boost the spay/neuter initiative.

“We’re planning to concentrate on community outreach to increase awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets,” said Treasurer Kathy Dickerson. “Our little motto is: ‘We don’t want anymore dog and cat daddies.’”

The organization will also hold the second annual “No Daddy” 5k Dog Walk Saturday at Bellepoint Park to further raise awareness.

Some people wonder why it is important to spay or neuter their pets. “Isn’t it the natural way of things to let them have their litters?” they might ask.

Letting nature have its way has left an estimated 6 million to 7 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every day, according to the HSUS.

Barely half are adopted. The rest are euthanized — a polite way of saying they are put to death.

Dogs and cats do not have the option of abstinence. The only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for them is spay/neuter.

Thousands of homeless animals are killed in shelters every year and it might surprise some to learn that they are not street animals. They are the offspring of cherished family pets that families do not want to take care of, according to the Humane Society.

Local animal shelters often have neither the time, money or space to take care of these animals.

Other reasons to spay or neuter include making your pet healthier and curbing bad behavior such as roaming or aggression.

The Humane Society’s website, www.humanesociety.org, that of the ASPCA, www.aspca.org, as well as a number of other websites, explain the benefits of spay/neuter. Just Google “importance of spay/neuter.”

Hardly anyone will argue that puppies and kittens are some of God’s cutest, most precious creations. The problem is, they grow into dogs and cats produce litter after litter of more problems.

Do your pets and shelters everywhere a favor — have your pet taken care of.

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