Spaying or neutering your animal is the right thing to do
I live in Airdrie and am a regular volunteer at a local animal rescue shelter. Each year, we take in hundreds of injured, stray and unwanted pets, including kittens.
How many times do we see the pleas for people to spay or neuter their animals?
I have seen a medium hair, black and white young cat roaming in my neighbourhood. Always hopeful for the human race, I tell myself the animal is someoneís pet and must be cared for. Yes, I have cats. I have a cat run in my yard so they can enjoy the great outdoors without bothering neighbours and, they are safe from coyotes and other dangers.
Yes, they are all neutered and vaccinated.
Today, I return from a walk to find the little black and white cat is a female, is in heat and a rather unhealthy looking stray has mounted her. I will watch for the stray and befriend him in the hopes I can bring in to the shelter, get him the care he needs and find him a forever, loving home.
If you are the owner of that little female - shame on you! Thank you for allowing another litter of kittens to come into the world. I have seen this cat more than once so this isnít a case of she escaped. Will she end up in a box at our shelter door, either pregnant or with her kittens?
The positive side of that is someone will care for her, no longer roaming and her kittens will find a home. Maybe you will move and leave her behind for someone else to find and hopefully bring to our care. Maybe she makes cute kittens and she will be a kitten making machine for a few years, producing an alarming number of animals because maybe your friends wonít spay or neuter either.
I still have hope for the human race in spite of this. Why? There are so many good, responsible people that volunteer with our shelter, adopt our rescues and fight for those that have no voice. Spay and neuter! If you canít afford the cost, then re-think that free kitten or puppy.