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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor June 24, 2016

2/7/2013 1:59:00 PM
County group urges pet owners to spay/neuter

Editor:

The month of February has been designated as Spay/Neuter Awareness Month across the U.S. Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation would like to remind the people of the county how important it is to spay or neuter your companion pet.

Between six to eight million cats and dogs enter our nation's shelter system every year. Shelters can't save and support this huge number of accidental litters, strays and offspring of family pets. As a result millions are euthanized annually. Spaying and neutering is the only 100 percent proven way to reduce these numbers and save animals' lives

Some of the reasons to spay or neuter are: (1) To promote good health by reducing mammary, uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers in cats and dogs. (2) To reduce potential behavior problems like the urge to fight, spraying bushes or furniture to mark territory and wanting to escape home and yard for mating purposes and (3) Reduce overpopulation of cats and dogs.

Spaying and neutering will not only enhance health of the lives of precious pets, but hopefully help find a solution to end the senseless euthanasia of the homeless and suffering companion animals, stray dogs and feral cats. The solution to pet overpopulation starts with pet owners by taking one small step: spay or neuter. CCSNF has been helping with this for the past four years by issuing low-cost spay/neuter certificates to county residents for cats and dogs.

While CCSNF is still offering low-cost spay/neuter certificates for cats and dogs to county residents, this year we are celebrating Spay/Neuter Awareness Month by offering only in February to the first 50 dog owners who call our office at 544-2555 a certificate for a free spay or neuter of their dog.

Spring is one of the primary breeding seasons for cats and dogs. Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation would like to encourage Crawford County residents to have their pet spayed or neutered. Now is the time to get your pet fixed. If you have already spay/neutered your pet, we salute you for being a responsible pet owner.

Please join us in celebrating Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and help to spread the word of the importance of spaying and neutering pets. "Do it for the animals!"



Susie Sutfin

CCSNF Volunteer





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