A healthy, loving, adoptable animal is killed every13 seconds in U.S. shelters. Pet overpopulation is a huge crisis that few people do anything about. Each time someone buys an animal from a breeder, a pet store, or some random person selling them, a shelter animal dies. -Do not support these people! They profit off of the pain and suffering from which they spare themselves the sight. They cause almost 3 million unecessary deaths each and every year. People who are irresponsible (or often times just ignorant and lazy) are at the root of this catastrophic issue.
If you are going to have a cat or a dog, you must spay and neuter them. If you aren't responsible enough to sterilize your pets, you aren't responsible enough to have one. Period. There are free and low cost veterinary services in almost every major city. Mobile units are even available for those who cannot visit their local vet. Please inquire about these services and make your cat or dog an appointment. Spaying & neutering shows you care about the well being and longetivity of all animals, not just yours. Educate yourself on this subject and set an example for other pet owners to follow. In doing so, you will save countless lives.
If you want to adopt a cat or dog, contact your local rescues or shelters, only. Why? Because the best breed of cat or dog that anyone can adopt is the rescued kind. Both the rescue groups and shelters have plenty of smiling faces (or possibly shy ones) that are waiting for someone to love and care for them.
In our family, we are proud that each of our cats and dogs came from the streets. We love them more than anything and consider caring for them to be a great honor. Part of that care includes spaying and neutering. Apart from providing a safe, forever home, it is best gift that you can give to an animal.