There are many people, myself included, who advocate having their cat spayed or neutered, also called sterilization or altering. Despite the ever growing media coverage of having this done to prevent a feral cat explosion, there are still many people who choose not to spay or neuter their cats and that is their choice.
Too many feral cats is one of the most publicized reason for those advocating the spaying or neutering of cats. In many areas of the country where feral cats exist in large numbers, some neighborhoods are trying to avoid these occurrences by setting up community programs to provide a low cost sterilization service for cat owners. This is done with the hope of convincing cat owners to do the responsible thing and have their cat sterilized and I personally applaud this sort of action. Kampanye di media sosial
We have had the same sort of program running in our small town for many years and I have noticed a dramatic drop in the number of feral cats running wild.
According to 2008 figures put out by The Humane Society of the US, there are around 6,000,000 to 8,000,000 cats and dogs entering shelters each year. Of these animals, 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 are euthanized yearly and around the same number adopted to families. Interestingly, around 30% of dogs are reclaimed by owners but only 2-5% of cats are reclaimed. There are 4,000 to 6,000 animal shelters in the US to service all these feral or lost animals.
The cats that are euthanized are usually not old or ill, although some may be injured. Most are healthy and often you will find young cats, even kittens being abandoned. Their only crime is that there are not enough loving homes for them and with no owners to house and