Dogs and cats are the most popular companion animals living with humans today, and their numbers are huge.
Millions live in harmony with and are responsibly cared for by their guardians, while millions more are neglected, abused and imprisoned with irresponsible owners. Still millions more are homeless, starving, or injured in the city streets and rural surroundings. Many cats and dogs are used in research laboratories.
Animal shelters in America contain millions of other dogs, cats and other animals who are in need of homes each year. These staggering numbers make it very challenging to connect them to enough people capable of or willing to adopt them. As a result, millions of unadopted dogs and cats are sentenced to slow, painful and frightening deaths each year in gas chambers or much less often, through lethal injection. Stray cats may eventually become semi-feral. They will breed with other feral cats resulting in an even greater feral cat population.
Spaying and neutering your dogs and cats is a critical measure which must be undertaken to help reduce the suffering and the homelessness that millions of animals face each year. Even animals with the most careful guardians may be subject to a natural disaster, resulting in animals becoming displaced, needing to fend for themselves alone or with other reproductively capable animals.
Your animal companion should always wear some form of identification to increase the likelihood that he or she will be returned to you in the event you are separated.
Dogs and cats are almost completely dependent on humans to live fulfilling lives. By acting responsibly as their guardian, and by sharing this information with other people, you will be helping to reduce the staggering numbers of dogs and cats, along with the suffering, despair and agonizing deaths millions of dogs and cats face each year.