Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

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Page 1 Argument/Persuasion Every pet owner knows that there are enormous responsibilities that go along with having a pet. You must feed and exercise your pet, to keep it physically healthy. You must play with it, and keep it emotionally healthy too. You have to keep it safe from cars, people, or other animals. You have to protect other people, property, or other people’s pets from your own pets. There’s another responsibility that not all pet owners think about. That responsibility would be spaying or neutering, or “altering” your pet. What does “altering” you pet mean? Simply put, it means taking your pet to the vet for a quick, fairly inexpensive surgery that will prevent your pet from ever becoming a parent. This surgery solves problems that pet owners know about, and some that they might not have considered before. I believe that all responsible pet owners should be required to have their pets spayed or neutered. Everybody loves a cute new puppy or kitten. But those cute babies soon get bigger and there simply are not enough homes for all of them. According to the H.S.U.S. (The Human Society of the United States), 6-8 million unwanted animals go to shelters every year. These shelters are like prisons for animals, but there is one important difference: many of these prisoners will never get out. Shelters have limited funds and limited space, and they cannot keep all the animals they collect. The H.S.U.S. states that about half of these animals are adopted and the other half is euthanized. On the other hand, not all unwanted animals go to a shelter. What happens to a homeless animal left out on the street? Remember, our pets are exactly that, they are pets. Pets are not wild animals. They cannot find fresh water or hunt for their own food, especially in a city. They cannot understand traffic laws, so they often get hit by cars. They are

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