The Springbrook Animal Care Center in Naperville, Illinois has aided in the adoption of more than ten thousand shelter animals since its founding in 2003. And as laudable as that is, the sad fact is that it represents a mere drop in the bucket in the issue of animal overpopulation.
On average, more than seven and a half million companion animals wind up in shelters in the United States every year. Most of them, not surprisingly, are dogs and cats, and most of them are strays, although a significant number are animals that have been given up by their owners. More than two and a half million of those animals that enter shelters each year end up being euthanized, because they cannot be placed in permanent homes.
These are tragic numbers, and the American Humane Association says that the cause is a matter of simple arithmetic: there are more pets in the United States than there are responsible homes for them. The solution that they advocate is sterilization, the spaying or neutering of those dogs and cats who end up in shelters. The AHA supports laws and regulations that would require all cats and dogs who enter shelters be sterilized. This, they say, is the only way to control the problem of pet overpopulation.
The Springbrook Animal Care Center provides spaying and neutering services, and offer their customers preventative care plans to help with the cost of the procedures. These plans include exam and lab testing. They recommend that all puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered when they are between four and six months of age. The procedures have no ill effect on the pet’s personality, playfulness, intelligence, or affection.