In the United States, it is estimated that 3 to 6 million shelter cats and dogs are euthanized each year.
These extreme numbers can be reduced by simple actions if followed by enough people. Spaying, neutering and adopting pets from shelters are excellent solutions to this increasing problem.
Although people may disagree, can’t afford or don’t want to take responsibility, fixing your pets can save a lot of heartache, especially for the lives of unborn litters that could end up in shelters, bad homes, or just suffering out on the streets.
Spaying or neutering your cat or dog improves health, does not change their personality and increases their lifespan. And you will be helping the community by not adding to a serious problem of unwanted animals.
Many people wonder, “What’s the difference between purchasing an animal from a shelter rather than a pet shop?” There’s a big difference. Although all animals from both places deserve homes and good owners, shelter animals have only a short period of time before they are put to sleep.
Animals from breeders and pet shops are sold extremely fast and are not facing a “death sentence.” Also, adopting shelter dogs and cats gives you a special satisfaction by knowing you saved them from death.
Thinking about adopting a new friend? Visit Tooele County’s animal shelter, located at 3300 N. 1200 West. Its phone number is 882-4607. They are closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays, but are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Addie T. Lindsay is 16 years old. She is an accomplished writer and photographer of wildlife creatures, big and small. She can be reached at CritterChatter@live.com.