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DARE would like to call attention to a serious problem facing every community!
Every city in America has more companion pets than owners. We live in a "disposable" society where loving pets are killed strictly because of overpopulation. Pet overpopulation is a cruel statistic that we as a society can prevent.
DARE is aware that animal shelters receive approximately 27 million pets annually of which 17 million companion animals are murdered. (PETA, 2001) The remaining 10 million are either killed upon arrival because (1) they are considered "unadoptable" (due to breed size, specific breed type, age, and/or temperament), (2) die due to contagious diseases within the shelters, (3) become part of a "pound seizure" which allows for unadopted pets to be sold or given to laboratories, or (4) are adopted or rescued (this percentage varies by shelter but a common shelter average is a mere 10% adoption/rescue rate).
Animal shelters are not to blame for these atrocious statistics. DARE advocates that all pets should be spayed or neutered with few exceptions* and hopes for a day when pet overpopulation is no longer a national crisis.
Spaying and neutering does not make pets fat and lazy, harm their health, or hurt their personalities, as some people mistakenly believe. Spaying not only reduces the stress and discomfort females endure during heat periods, but also eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, and helps prevent testicular cancer. (Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA,"The Facts About Spaying and Neutering.")
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As responsible and knowledgeable rescuers, DARE requires that all pets belonging to a potential home are spayed or neutered prior to considering any adoption application. The reason for this is two fold. First, DARE feels it is critical that we take a stand publicly on the importance of spaying and neutering. Sadly, the statistics above show that the general public has not heard this message and by refusing to consider an application until existing pets are spayed or neutered is one way DARE can educate and impart how seriously we take this matter. It is not about placing one dachshund; it is about the bigger picture built by the statistics above. It is about changing the public´s perception of this shameful crisis so that the killing of homeless pets becomes a thing of the past.
Please spay or neuter your pet.
* DARE does not endorse spaying or neutering a pet when age is a factor or anesthesia allergy is a concern. Additionally, we accept the AKC show confirmation requirement that pets be intact and are not opposed to responsible champion lineage breeding for betterment of the breed.FYI: