We all know about the four seasons....Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall...however, there are are three other pseudo seasons in animal welfare. Puppy and Kitten season are the first two. Sadly they coincide with Spring and Summer and while they may sound cute. They are not. Shelters across this country brace themselves each spring and hope and pray they can find homes for all the new babies coming through their doors. While we are lucky that our set up allows for 98% of our pets to be adopted, many other shelters, especially in our region are not as lucky. So what can YOU do to help??
The first and most important thing you can do is spay or neuter all of your pets. (You can even spay and neuter rabbits!) The first key to reducing the number of unwanted pets is preventing them in the first place. There is no need to breed when there are so many in need.
The second thing you can do is make sure that when you acquire a new pet it is done through adoption from a reputable shelter or rescue organization. Adoption agencies spay or neuter all pets before they go home with their new family.
Lastly, make every effort to keep your pets. We understand there are situations where it is unavoidable, but most relinquishments of animals to shelters are 100% preventable...because its a simple matter of their family honoring the lifetime commitment they accepted when they brought their pet home. If you cannot honor that commitment, please do not obtain a pet. That may sound harsh, but considering 4 million pets lose their lives each year simply because no one came to adopt them, its simply common sense.
Over all the power to reducing the overwhelming issue of homeless pets is in our hands. It is not an animal problem, its a responsible people problem