With the ever increasing amount of stray dogs and cats, as well as pregnant cats and kittens, the humane society located on Route 220 in Ulster, Pa. has reached its full capacity. “We can not physically take in any more animals,” said Jenna Arsenault from BCHS.
Every day the Bradford County Humane Society sees first hand the results of not spaying and neutering pets on a local level. From seeing hundreds of strays a month being admitted to the shelter, to humane investigations involving animal neglect, abandonment, abuse and animal hoarding – they see another side of the picture.
\When you visit your local humane society you see many cute dogs and cats that want to play and need a home. What you don’t see are the thousands of animals that are not lucky enough to get that second chance, the ones that continue to be homeless, hit by cars, attacked by other animals, abused by their owners or the 3 to 4 million animals that are euthanized each year because there are not enough forever homes or shelters across the U.S that have to room to accommodate all of them.
Every cat or dog that dies as a result of pet overpopulation, whether humanely in a shelter or by injury, disease or neglect is an animal that, more often than not, would have made a wonderful companion if given the chance.
Tremendous as the problem of pet overpopulation is, everyone here in Bradford County can be part of the solution. For one, they can all take one small step, starting with not allowing animals to breed. Of the 53 million dogs in the U.S., about two-thirds come from puppy mill breeders. They are the single greatest cause of the pet overpopulation crisis in this country.
Secondly, reduced spay / neuter fees such as the BCHS spay / neuter program, play an important role as well. Subsidized spay / neuter clinics and programs have already helped reduce the cost of sterilization. Legislation has also helped with this cause by mandating spaying / neutering to animals adopted from shelters.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, spay / neuter programs and mandated spay / neutering have led to a significant decline in the number of animals being euthanized. Unless people know the facts about pet overpopulation and sterilization, they are virtually helpless to do anything about the problem.
Spaying and neutering your own pets is the single most important step you can take to help the problem of pet overpopulation. Arsenault, the community coordinator / behaviorist for BCHS would like to encourage people to consider adoption. “We have a lot of purebred dogs here, adults and puppies,” said Arsenault. “Unfortunately a lot of people just don’t think to stop by our shelter to look.”
To learn more about the programs at BCHS, or to adopt a homeless animal, call (570) 888-2114, or visit www.bradfordchs.petfinder.org.