Saint Paul's Department of Safety and Inspections Animal Control Unit would like to take this opportunity to remind folks to spay and neuter their pets.
Every year in the United States, millions of pets are given up to shelters or left to fend for themselves on the streets and in the country. These abandoned animals pose a hazard particularly to children, endanger wildlife, and spread disease to other pets and animals.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year. Of these, about half are euthanized. According to HSUS estimates, while 15 to 30 percent of dogs are reclaimed by owners, only 2 to 5 percent of cats are ever reclaimed. Most of these euthanized animals would have made excellent companion animals.
There are two small steps we can all take to minimize these frightening numbers. First, don’t let your pet breed -- get your own pet spayed or neutered. Second, adopt your next pet from a rescue group or shelter.
Studies also show that spayed and neutered pets live longer, are happier and are more likely to remain in the home. The financial cost of sterilizing your pet is approximately $200. Programs are available to assist low-income residents who want to sterilize their pet. A quick Internet search or a call to any veterinarian or animal rescue group should be able to provide you with resources that can help ease the financial burden. If you’d like more information on available programs, feel free to contact Saint Paul Animal Control at 651-266-1100. Let’s all do our part to ensure all pets in Saint Paul have happy homes.