Essay on Animal Overpopulation Of The United States

1006 Words Apr 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Animal Overpopulation Since the 1940s, animal overpopulation in the United States has been an important issue to the community, (Moulton, Wright, and Rinky). This surplus of animals has resulted in millions of dogs and cats being euthanized annually in animal shelters across the country. Countless others are starving, abused, or crushed on highways. There are many reasons why overpopulation is occurs, a big contributor is people not wanting to spay or neuter their pet, economic reasons, and what can be done about the overpopulation. There are enough animals that need homes without adding more. Shelters are overcrowded and too many animals that enter shelters are put to sleep due to lack of homes. Of 186 shelters in the sample reported over 760,000 animals entering their facilities over the past year (Zawistowski et al.). If a pet has puppies or kittens, they could most likely end up in a shelter. In addition, every puppy or kitten sold or given away by an owner that breeds their pet means there is one more shelter animal that will not be able to get adopted. A survey recently conducted for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that 82 percent of cat owners and 70 percent of dogs owners in the state had indeed spayed or neutered their pets. But 20 percent did so only after at least one litter. Dog owners tend to allow one litter, while cat owners allow multiple litters. If these statistics reflect a nationwide trend, “it 's easy to see…

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