|Sterilize your pet
for purposes of population control. Millions of unwanted pets,
primarily youngsters, are killed each year
in shelters all over the country because of overpopulation. Although
the reasons for so many unwanted animals are very complex, the
one of the reasons is also issue of the age at which animal surgical
sterilization is done and the myths surrounding this.
A great number of people,
including some veterinarians, continue to believe that cats and dogs
reach sexual maturity before sterilization can safely be done, despite
considerable evidence to the contrary. This put many young animals at
risk of becoming pregnant or causing ‘accidental’ pregnancies before
the ‘proper’ age for sterilization was reached.
If we accept the fact that animal
sterilization is currently a
necessary component of population control, then the advantages of doing
sterilization early are numerous. There is also less stress on a
younger animal during the surgery and a quicker recovery after the
surgery, which minimizes the amount of suffering.
Reducing animal overpopulation not
only prevents unnecessary killing,
it also is fiscally responsible because it saves millions of tax
dollars that are spent each year to provide animal control services,
which include housing and killing unwanted animals.