A recent newsletter from Pet Allies of Show Low tells of their accomplishments in reducing pet overpopulation.
This White Mountain animal rescue group had a goal for 2006 of spaying and neutering 500 dogs and cats. As of June, 513 pets had been altered. With that great start, they now hope to double their goal.
The newsletter continues, "Pet Allies knows that one litter can reproduce and have up to 65,000 animals within only six years.
There just aren't enough homes for all these animals. Needless euthanasia of unwanted animals is not the answer."
This group started as a small animal rescue group that had bake and yard sales to raise funds to do their work. They now have a thrift store, Barkin' Basement, and secure grants to fund their huge program. Their goal is to spay and neuter pets at a deep discount or for free if the pet owner is not able to pay. They will also neuter, at no cost, a pet found and brought into the shelter.
According to the newsletter, 10 percent of the population is responsible for 90 percent of the animals killed in shelters due to overpopulation.
These are the folks who give away litters of kittens and puppies every six months, year after year. Pet Allies asks each of us to encourage those people to get their pets neutered.
Financial assistance is provided when needed. They will even provide transportation to the vet appointment if necessary. If each of us would encourage one pet owner to neuter his/her pet, just think of the difference we could make.
This interesting newsletter also addresses the problem of those people who move and leave their pets behind. It is hard to believe this happens so frequently.
There are many apartments that allow pets. However, people who would consider leaving a pet behind to fend for itself are not responsible pet owners and just do not care. It is pathetic. At least if the pet is neutered, the possibility of future unwanted puppies and kittens is eliminated.
There are lots of reasons people give for not neutering their pets.
An owner of an intact male dog recently told me that if all the females were spayed, that would solve the problem. Another said, she hoped her dog could father a litter since he was such a nice dog.
There are literally millions of "very nice" dogs and cats euthanized each year because there are no homes for them.
Studies prove that neutered animals, both male and female, will lead longer, healthier lives. They also are much calmer, happier, more settled, less apt to wander and more devoted to home and family.
Anyone who thinks that the offspring of their pet is needed should visit the dogs and cats at the Payson Humane Society. In the Valley, they should walk among the endless rows of kennels at one of Maricopa County Humane Society's shelters where there are hundreds of "very nice" dogs and cats waiting.
Will they live or will they have to die to make room for those new ones coming in?
One of my throwaway puppies found on the side of the highway now has a wonderful home with a boy who loves her. It was love at first sight. She is one lucky little girl. The remaining pup is feeling right at home here with me and my two dogs. I hate to tell her she cannot stay, but I know the right person will come along and she too will have a wonderful best friend.
I look at her and wonder just what kind of person could throw babies out on the side of the road like garbage.
A third pup was dead. I wish that person could see these very special pups, but they would not care.
These two girls will be spayed as soon as they are old enough so they will not add to the world's overpopulation even though they are precious, wonderful, adorable, bright and loving.
If you call Pet Allies, their answering machine's message states that they are full to overflowing with dogs and cats, puppies and kittens and cannot accept any more.
It is that time of the year when poor defenseless animals have litters with little hope for permanent homes.
I heard of a litter being born in the trunk of a car in Payson. I would gladly pay for that poor mama dog to be spayed.
Could Payson have an organization like Pet Allies?
To learn more about Pet Allies, visit their Web site at www.petalliesaz.org.
-- Christy Powers can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or fax at (928) 476-2239.