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Pets in American society have become so much more than a childs plaything to teach him responsibility They have become more than just our friends and companions To most pets have become a part of the family a very cherished family member Still millions of cats and dogs are left homeless every year How can we avoid this tragedy Are there just too many to keep housed The answer is yes Millions of family pets breed new kittens and puppies at an alarming rate The pet population is growing out of control Can we as Americans do anything to stop the over population of domesticated animals Most definitely you must have you family pet spayed or neutered Every hour in the United States more than 2000 dogs and 3500 cats are born compared to 415 humans The yearly statistics include more than 17 million dogs and 30 million cats Add these animals to an existing pet population of 54 million dogs and 56 million cats and the total exceeds one billion Earlier puberty multiple births and briefer pregnancies make dogs and cats far more prolific than humans are Animal care and control agencies do their best to find loving responsible owners for as many pets as possible but there are simply not enough homes for all these animals American Humane estimates more than 15 million healthy friendly dogs and cats will be euthanized this year simply because they are unwanted You can save lives and help solve the pet overpopulation tragedy by neutering or spaying your pet This will help reduce the numbers of dogs and cats being euthanized by reducing the number of pets being born Each year approximately 15 million pets are turned into animal shelters across the country Only 25 to 30 are reclaimed by their owners or adopted into new homes The rest some 11 million animals are euthanized because no one wants them A better solution is
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