You can do your part to prevent more cats and dogs from being abandoned to the streets or entering shelters by spaying or neutering them. In Rhode Island, it is the law that all owned cats must be spayed or neutered by six months of age. Cats can be spayed or neutered earlier, as they can start reproducing at five months of age.
we know we must continue to focus on the severe overpopulation of companion animals, especially cats. We must educate the public about the tragic results of not spaying and neutering companion animals, and we must find the funding to assist people with the high cost of this surgery. People must learn of the cruelty of abandoning their pets in the streets when they move away or have too many to care for. Local ordinances limiting the number of animals a person can own, or making it illegal to help a stray or abandoned animal will not stop the overpopulation. We all know people who have only the "correct" number of pets because they abandon or give away all their unwanted litters of kittens and pups. We also know people who have more animals than the local ordinance allows because they rescue the homeless ones; however, their animals are well cared for and spayed or neutered. They are not adding to pet overpopulation and they are not a nuisance to the neighbors because they are responsible pet owners.
Another concern is the proliferation of "bully breed" dogs, used in fighting by cruel and unscrupulous people. Pounds are filled with dogs that are sweet and trustworthy dogs that will never find a home because they are tainted with the reputation of dogs that have been misused by criminals. Bad people must be prevented from owning these dogs, and we must restore these dog breeds to their previous status as family pets. A few reliable experts are now volunteering to evaluate the temperaments of dogs in the shelters, and to provide obedience training to unruly dogs of any breed. These experts can help distinguish the trustworthy dogs from the irretrievably damaged dogs, so that the trustworthy ones have a chance at adoption. Below you can see a video which shows that these dogs, when raised properly, can be kind and loving.
Click to watch people meet Pit Bulls (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) for the first time:
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