Petition Tag - neuter

1. Pet Overpopulation in Pasco County; Raise the County License fees for those who choose not to Spay/Neuter

We have a pet overpopulation problem in Pasco County.

FACT: In 2015, Pasco County Animal Services had a total of 3729 homeless dogs and cats in their care. 2667 of those animals were strays. 590 of those animals were euthanized. **WE, the taxpayers, paid for this!

*Don’t be fooled by the euthanasia number or the illusion of a “90% no-kill shelter.” Irresponsible intakes and adoptions are skewing the numbers and 90% no-kill is NOT a long term or sustainable solution for pet overpopulation.

FACT: Pasco County shelter is overcapacity with dogs.

FACT: There are currently 4 dogs at the Pasco shelter that have been living there for OVER A YEAR! **Dogs/cats living in an overpopulated and understaffed concrete walled fenced cage for any extended period of time is INHUMANE! The noise, the lack of exercise, and the lack of proper veterinary care causes animal stress and behavior problems, which in turn causes animals to be inappropriately labeled as “unadoptable.”

We need to let the BOCC know, in this election year, that we want a sustainable solution to pet overpopulation without an increase in euthanasia. The only way to do this is to make it known that Pasco County residents and taxpayers prefer that all pets be spayed or neutered.

Why don’t we ask for a mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) ordinance in Pasco County? Unfortunately, animals are still considered “property” in the eyes of the law. For this reason, many other BOCC’s (Board of County Commissioners) from the surrounding counties, like Hillsborough and Pinellas, have rejected mandatory spay/neuter. We cannot force residents to spay/neuter their “property.” However, we can make it more “convenient” and “economical” for residents to have their animals spayed/neutered.


Pasco County Code of Ordinances Chapter 14 requires annual licensing for pets. Licenses are sold by veterinarians or the county after a pet has received an annual rabies vaccination. The current fee schedule:

Dog License Tags-Intact $35.00
Spayed/Neutered $10.00
Replacement Tag for lost tag $5.00
Voluntary Cat License Tags $5.00

2. Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter

Palo Alto Animal Services operates from a small group of buildings that were constructed in 1972. The facilities have served their purpose, but after 43 years, the shelter is functionally obsolete and no longer serves Palo Alto's animals as it should.

The shelter in Palo Alto should follow the examples of other shelters in the Bay Area and construct accommodations for the animals that feel like "home," keep the animals calm, and show them at their best when potential adopters visit.

3. Palm 2 Paw

I have been in love with animals for as long as I can remember. I would rescue sick and abandoned animals when ever I found one. Animals have always held a special place in my heart.

I have been a a animal groomer for 13 years which has allowed me to care for pets as well as educate their owners on the best care. I have enjoyed seeing the close bond between a human and a animal, however I have also witnessed the tradgedy that can occur when a animal is abandoned and unwanted.

4. Save the Strays in the UK

Did you know that, in this country, that there are dog pounds that kill strays if they are not claimed after seven days? In fact, one dog is killed every hour by local authorities in this country.

Stray dogs are NOT always pure mean or vicious. Not all of them were abandoned or born as strays; some of them may have just been abused/neglected that no one else knew or cared about and they just ran away. Some of them may have even been bred as companions and they just got lost or stolen and hadn't had chance to bond with their people beforehand.

I used to walk dogs for a shelter. A lot of the ones that I walked there had been strays before coming in and at least some of them were absolutely lovely.

If a stray dog has had a home before, and been socialised and trained properly, there is about as much chance of someone being attacked by that one as there is of them being attacked by any other dog. Stray dogs are still part of the same "man's best friend" species; they just happen to be homeless, that's all.

There has even been at least one case of a stray dog protecting and caring for young kids. Do you really think that such a devoted hero is likely to attack anyone unless provoked?

A lot of people may tell you that, because they are not purebreds, they do not have equal rights. What a total load of nonsense. ANY dog of ANY breed or type can become a stray if, say, the owner dies and no one else who would want them knows about them.

Also, why don't mixed breeds matter as much as purebreds? Surely if you love dogs, that should include them as well? The quality of believing that pedigree dogs are superior to so-called "faulty mongrels" that can actually be just as good-tempered and obedient as any purebred reminds me of the qualities exhibited by the Nazis, i.e their belief that the pure German and Aryan races are superior to all others. Did you also know that the Nazis used to often be hateful to the people who not considered to be "pure" as well?
Stray dogs DO NOT need to be killed. All it would take would be for the UK Government to require everyone except licensed and fully-checked and approved breeders to spay/neuter their dogs and require all authority dog pounds to always at least try to put the dogs in rescue spaces instead of killing them once their seven days in there are up.

Spaying and neutering actually does more good than harm. It can help to prevent the animals in question from getting certain cancers such as that of the uterus and testis, and it can make them live longer.

5. Support mandatory pet spay/neuter law, NC

Currently, over 4 million pets are euthanized annually due to pet overpopulation.

With a spay/neuter law in place, not only would the number of homeless pets decrease, but there would also be a decreased number of pets suffering from cancer of the reproductive system, as well as a decrease in pet aggression.

6. Make selling/giving away undesexed pets illegal

Across the country, there is wide disparity among shelters and their application of desexing. Problems stemming from inadequate training, insufficient funding, indifference to animal suffering, and failure to recognize the need to change and update procedures, are found everywhere, from small rural shelters to large city facilities.10,000 animals are euthanized everyday.

The local shelter is too often the last stop for a dog or cat. Shelters have been put into this unenviable position by the irresponsible breeding of far too many animals. Puppy mills, pet stores,backyard breeders, "responsible" hobby and show breeders, people who simply won't, don't bother, or "forget" to have their animals spayed or neutered, pet food companies who subsidize breeders with free samples and discount coupons, and the cat and dog breed "clubs" that encourage breeding -- all contribute to this massive problem.

It is a sad fact that, when a human being chooses to create a relationship with another living being, then fails to live up to the responsibilities that go with that relationship, we allow the human to walk away guilt-free -- it is always the animal who pays 100% of the price for the human's errors.

7. Supoort a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Animal population is out of control. Dogs and cats being dumped everywhere. People need assistance in the cost of spaying and neutering their pets.

Lets push to make spay and neuter mandatory for everyone thru a low cost spay and neuter clinic.

8. HELP MAKE FRANCE A CAT-FRIENDLY COUNTRY

French law imposes severe maximum penalties to protect domestic animals from cruelty & abandonment, but despite that, an uncaring 19th Century attitude towards the cat continues to prevail - while stray cat numbers soar.

More than 500 stray cat associations have been created across the 95 departments of France to reduce stray cat numbers and alleviate their suffering, but despite their best efforts, stray cat numbers in Charente Maritime continue to rise unabated, as it does in the rest of France.

Our association wants Charente Maritime to leave the 19th Century behind and adopt Trap-Neuter-Release as the only method of controlling stray cat numbers - to be the first department in France to do so - to censor brutal & unlawful behaviour - and be a beacon for the rest of France to follow.

Sign our Petition, and help France take the first big step towards becoming a CAT-FRIENDLY COUNTRY!

9. Free or Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program in Moncton Area Needed

Stopping pet overpopulation starts with you!

Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. As animal lovers who value our pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.

The number of homeless animals varies —in some areas there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.

Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

But it's not just the animals who suffer due to our failure to spay and neuter. Capturing, impounding and eventual euthanasia costs taxpayers and private agencies millions of dollars each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

10. Save Austin's Free Spay/Neuter Services

The City of Austin is facing a budget shortfall, and difficult decisions must be made about what services are most valuable for our community. Included in a menu of potential budget reductions are two proposals that threaten Emancipet’s successful partnership with the City, a program that provides 4,000 free pet sterilizations (spay/neuter) and over 3,500 free rabies vaccinations to pets living in low-income neighborhoods each year. This program costs the City $195,000 per year.

There are two proposals for reducing the city outlay for this important spay/neuter program. One calls for a reduction in funding for the program by half, and funding it instead through unsolicited citizen donations. Because of the nature of a donation fund, this is far too unreliable a funding source for such an important and effective core program. The second proposal is to cut out the other half of the program completely, reducing the number of surgeries available by 2,000.

Unfortunately, these proposals will not save money. In fact, they cost more money than they save, will cause more animals to die, and will put human health and safety at risk in the neighborhoods we serve. The free sterilization program is an investment in prevention and sustainability, and it works. It is imperative that the free sterilization program remain fully funded, and as a core part of the City’s general fund.

1. REDUCING THE FUNDING FOR SPAY/NEUTER ACTUALLY COSTS MORE MONEY THAN IT SAVES.
A 2005 LBJ School study of five years of program data conclusively determined that the free sterilization program reduced the intake of dogs and slowed the intake of cats at the shelter when compared to the non-program area. A reduction of half the program funding would cause a decrease of about 1,200 dog surgeries and 800 cat surgeries per year. Eliminating these sterilizations will lead to an increase in shelter intake, and that will cost the City far more than they will save by reducing this funding. One surgery costs about $33. The cost to shelter one animal is $141.95. This means that if eliminating these free sterilizations increases shelter intake by just 683 animals, the cost of housing those additional animals will be equal to the savings gained by City, resulting in net zero savings from this “reduction.”

2. REDUCING THE FUNDING FOR SPAY/NEUTER PUTS HUMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY AT RISK.
Spaying and neutering animals makes them safer to live with humans. The vast majority of dog bites are from unneutered males, and most victims are small children. Further, because the budget reductions also include the elimination of free rabies vaccinations, these animals will also be more likely to transmit the deadly rabies virus when they do bite humans. Eliminating the only source of accessible pet sterilization and vaccination in these neighborhoods puts Austin’s poorest children and families at risk of dog bites and attacks and of needlessly contracting dangerous diseases transmitted by unhealthy animals.

3. REDUCING THE FUNDING FOR SPAY/NEUTER MEANS MORE HOMELESS ANIMALS WILL DIE.
Shelter intake rates drive euthanasia rates. If more animals enter the shelter next year, the number of animals killed will also increase, reversing the inspiring progress Austin has made in the last several years. This is especially dangerous as we move forward with the construction of a new animal shelter that has the same capacity for housing animals as the current shelter. If we reduce this program, intake will quickly outrun the capacity of the new shelter, leading to higher euthanasia rates and a public outcry. Further, if this program displaces what is currently funded through the donation fund, such as treating sick and injured animals, something the shelter treats now, like a broken leg, will become a death sentence for otherwise adoptable dogs and cats in our shelter.

11. America's first dog should be pedigreed.

America's first dog should be pedigreed. "Mutts" are the product of irresponsible breeding, that may occur when a pet owner fails to spay or neuter, or worse, abandons, a pet.

Although puppy mills produce pedigreed dogs, and are also irresponsible, there is one source for a dog, and only one source, that promotes responsibility in breeding - the show-dog kennel.

Show-dog kennels are responsible in not breeding animals for profit. They produce puppies for the purpose of finding the next show animal, then sell the rest of the pups as pets. Show-dog kennels promote spay and neuter by placing restrictive contracts on the puppies they sell, requiring spay and neuter of the pups by a certain age, and only allowing those pups to be bred when they are of good quality, and in cases where the breeder of the pup will also practice responsiblity in breeding.

Show-dog pups are raised in home environments, well-socialized and loved. Their parents have been tested for genetic and communicable diseases. They have been given the best of nutrition and veterinary care during their growing period.

Show-dog kennels are the most responsible source for a well-adjusted pet dog, and should be promoted as such.