Organizations team up to fight pet overpopulation
by Mark Andrews
Feb 19, 2013 | 1016 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Next Tuesday, Feb. 26, is World Spay Day, and Dog Pack Rescue, along with Dr. Dan Schwanbeck of Adairsville Animal Hospital, will encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their animals through the aid of low-cost vouchers.

“We do feel very strongly about [spaying or neutering pets]. There’s enough pets and dogs and cats and puppies and kittens out there who need to be adopted and the statistics alone are really why we participate,” said Jani Aylsworth of Adairsville Animal Hospital.

For example, according to the Humane Society of the United States, www.humanesociety.org, there are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the country and about 78 percent have been spayed or neutered. There are approximately 86.4 million owned cats in the country and about 88 percent have been spayed or neutered.

Furthermore, the organization claims nationwide that 4 million cats and dogs are put down in shelters each year due to animal overpopulation, equating to about one animal every eight seconds.

Schwanbeck and Dog Pack Rescue will sell a limited number of certificates on a first-come, first-served basis for low-cost spay, neuters and vaccines from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 26. at Adairsville Animal Hospital, 7446 Adairsville Highway, Adairsville, to be used at a later date.

The cost of a female spay for dogs and a male neuter are $65 and $45, respectively. For cats, a female spay and male neuter are $55 and $30, respectively.

Patrons seeking the certificates, or vouchers, are told to not bring along their pets to Adairsville Animal Hospital on Feb. 26.

“The very first time [a pet] comes into heat, it increases their chance of mammary cancer by 80 percent ... so if you’re spending $1,500 on a full-bred dog, or $700 on a full-bred cat, and you end up not breeding them, you’ve just decreased the lifespan of your pet that you’ve spent all this money on,” Ayslworth said. “On the flip side of that, if you have small children and you go to the pound to get them a dog or a cat and you opt not to spay, there again you have this pet in your house and, because you haven’t spayed them, you’ve again increased their risk of getting sick and dying and making it more traumatic for your children.

“They’re going to die before you’re children grow up, that’s a given, but if you can prevent some of these things, why not?”

Ayslworth said indoor pets also are susceptible to disease due to not being spayed or neutered or having the appropriate shots.

Call 770-773-3401 or go to www.AdairsvilleAnimal.com for complete information on pricing.