Why are there so many animals?

Although the founders of the lucky few intend to provide a home for as many unwanted pets as our budget allows our real goal is to attack the pet overpopulation problem at its root. Quite simply the problem is that we as a society allow more animals to be born than we want. The extras are killed.

It may not seem fair to say that pet animals are “bred just to be killed”. I’m sure the breeders, professional or otherwise, aren’t thinking “I’m going to let my pet get pregnant so I can kill the little ones”. I am sure the people who decided to buy or take in the cute little baby puppy, kitten, bunny, budgerigar etc. don’t think “I’m going to take this animal into my house for a little while and then dump it at the pound so it can be killed”. But whatever it is people think, or don’t think, the unvarnished and inescapable truth is that every year in shelters around the country hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of animals are dumped off because their “owners” no longer can, or want to look after them. Shelters are not required to report the number of animals they kill each year so estimates vary wildly, but it seems likely that it is at least two million a year in the Unites States of America. Two million a year does not happen “by accident”.

We are choosing to bring these little critters into the world. When we buy from the people who make a living or supplement their income by selling puppies and kittens we are part of the process that causes these animals to come into the world. When we choose not to have our animals neutered we are bringing more animals into the world. People argue that it is possible to keep un neutered pets under control so that they are not able to breed. Of course it is possible. But it is not the reality. It is possible to walk on the moon, but not many of us make that happen either! The reality is that accidental litters of un neutered pets happen all the time. The reality is that many people don’t necessarily want their animals to breed, but they aren’t too bothered if it happens.

Besides, “What’s the big deal if my pet has a few litters anyway?” It shouldn’t be a big deal and wouldn’t be a big deal if there weren’t already so many “extra” animals out there. I could say “What’s the big deal if I go to a drive-through restaurant and toss my garbage out on the road when I’m finished with it?” If I was the ONLY person in the country that tossed garbage out the window it really would not be a big deal. America is a big country and even if I ate fast food every day of the week for breakfast lunch and dinner I doubt you’d see me trashing up your neighborhood anytime soon. But when lots and lots and lots and lots of people do the same thing, then it becomes a problem.

 

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