"Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them."
"Many cats and dogs who die as a result of pet overpopulation could have made wonderful pets. In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S. as a whole, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half are euthanized."
- The Humane Society of the United States
Pet overpopulation leads to the killing of millions of dogs and cats every year, millions of individual lives wasted. It's a tragedy created in large part to human greed and irresponsibility. It doesn't have to be this way. Take these simple steps: 1. Don't breed your pet, 2. Have your pet spayed or neutered, 3. Adopt your next pet from a rescue or shelter.
Every dog adopted from the Poodle Rescue of Vermont has been spayed or neutered. The Humane Society provides some excellent information on how and where to get your pet spayed or neutered, and finding low-cost services. We have also provided some local links below:
• VT-CAN! in Middlesex, VT
• Franklin County Humane Society in St. Albans, VT
• Windham County Humane Society in Brattleboro, VT
• C.O.P.S. in Winchester, NH