Dachshund > Volusia County Florida Mandatory Spay /Neuter Law voting June 5th (2 replies)
Volusia County Florida Mandatory Spay /Neuter Law voting June 5th
by emma grace 777 on 28 May 2008 - 21:56
On June 5, you will vote on a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for Volusia
County, the rationale for which is the alleged 15,000 dogs and cats put to sleep every
year in Volusia County shelters at an alleged cost of 1.5 million taxpayer dollars.
Aside from those exaggerated figures, you should be aware that mandatory spay/neuter ordinances will do nothing to increase owner retention, the lack of which is the major cause of shelter intake. According to the highly respected National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (which is sponsored by several high-profile animal interest organizations, including HSUS), the following are the ten most common reasons for dog and cat relinquishment to shelters in the United States.
3.Cost of pet maintenance
4.No time for pet
6.Too many pets in home
7.Pet illness (es)
10.No homes for littermates
1.Too many in house
4.Cost of pet maintenance
6.No homes for littermates
10.Doesn't get along with other pets
by emma grace 777 on 28 May 2008 - 21:57
In the month of April 2008, 12 dogs and 60 cats were captured by Animal Control. Notice the difference in number. Ferel cats are the source of the high euthanization at the pound not dogs. MSN law will not address the ferel cat population which is the main source for overpopulation in the pound.
Many rescue groups have tried to obtain the rare unwanted purebred that ends up at the pound and provide shelter, sterilization, medical care and find homes for these purebred animals so that they would not be euthanized but the Humane Society refuses to work with these organizations. And yet they claim to care about the animal????
by emma grace 777 on 28 May 2008 - 21:59
4. Adoptathons held on weekends in shopping malls or other public places.
5. Expanded shelter hours to accommodate working people.
It might not have occurred to the commissioners that a very substantial portion
of shelter intake is feral cats. No mandatory spay/castrate law addresses
feral cats, because no one is responsible for them. For feral cats, the county's
animal control can and should work with Alley Cat Allies, www.alleycat.
which is very successful reducing feral cat populations with its
Finally, to address the myth that breeders object to mandatory spay/castrate
laws because they might lose lots of tax-free money by not breeding, that is
so far from the truth as to lie in the realm of utter fantasy. The truth is that
no hobby breeder profits at all from the hobby of breeding. On the contrary,
most hobby breeders cannot think of a more labor-intensive, more expensive
activity that almost inevitably results in loss of income.
But there are definite, demonstrated health risks to spaying and castrating,
particularly in the first year of a dog's life and in the first six months of a
cat's life. Most people who prefer to keep their pets, especially dogs, intact
are not breeders at all. They are just pet owners, who want to have healthy
pets and who can and do manage their pets well enough to avoid all
Thank you for your attention.