Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Letter: Neutering pets vital

February 22, 2007

One of the best things a responsible pet owner can do for a cat or dog is to have her or him spayed or neutered. Spaying greatly reduces the chance of breast cancer and prevents various reproductive tract disorders, while neutering eliminates the risk of various testicular diseases. In addition, pets who have been spayed or neutered are less likely to roam, which means they are less likely to get in fights with other animals, get hit by cars or be abused by cruel people. Finally, pets that are spayed or neutered do not add to the heartbreaking tragedy of overpopulation, which results in shelter workers having to euthanize three to four million homeless cats and dogs each year.

This year we are asking pet owners to "Do It For Love" and take part in the 13th annual Spay Day USA on Feb. 27. There are a variety of low costs spay/neuter programs in Kansas City and financial assistance is available to those who qualify. If someone wants to get their pet fixed but has not been able to afford it, they can call No More Homeless Pets KC at (816) 333-PETS for low-cost options and financial assistance. Together, we can ensure that every pet in Kansas City has a lifelong caring home.

Gail Longstaff
No More Homeless Pets KC

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