Spring is here and that means we will start seeing the “FREE KITTENS” and “FREE PUPPIES” signs? They will be everywhere…posted in yards, store windows, bulletin boards, newspapers, vet’s offices and on-line trade lists. IF you are a responsible pet owner, there are no “free” animals. Pets require medical attention and should be spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering makes a big difference. It has been documented that just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens!
Sterilized animals live longer, happier lives. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat cycles, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases, such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia, that are spread through bodily fluids.
If you do take in a free kitten or puppy, please have the pet spayed or neutered. Help us stop the cycle of unwanted pups and kittens. We are often asked about adoption fees and why there is a charge to adopt one of our pets. Tri-County Animal Rescue does not charge a fee for the pet, the fee is to offset some of the costs already spent on the pets. Tri-County pays for vaccines, micro-chips, spay/neuter surgeries, rabies vaccines, dentals, special surgeries for broken bones/cancers, medicines, heartworm prevention, tests, de-worming, pet food and much more.
Common Myth… about Spaying
It is a common misconception that a female dog (or cat) will only 'feel emotionally complete' if she is allowed to have a litter of puppies (or kittens). Absolutely not! Allowing a litter of puppies or kittens to be born simply because you want your pet to experience motherhood is irresponsible and results in more unwanted babies. Likewise, letting a pet have a litter just so you can demonstrate to your children ‘the joys of birth’ is also irresponsible and wrong. There are many tools available, such as books and videos, to educate your children so that your family pet does not have to become an educational tool.
Every spring the local shelters are over-flowing with young pups and kittens because an irresponsible owner allowed their pet to breed. There are not enough families to adopt them all and not enough rescues to take them all in so where do these little babies go? They end up at county shelters where many of them are euthanized. Don’t blame the counties for putting the babies to sleep…the don’t have space to house them all. The blame should be placed on those irresponsible pet owners that just don’t care.
There are no acceptable excuses for allowing un-controlled breeding. There are many programs available to assist with the cost of spaying your pet if you cannot afford it. There is a low-cost spay/neuter facility right here in Gaston County. Do the right thing and have your pet spayed!