Pet Overpopulation Essay

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Pet Overpopulation Sonia Sykes COM172 March 18, 2011 David Searle Pet Overpopulation In the United States alone there are more than four million dogs and cats euthanized each year, according to a journal published by Siress, A. (2010). This is a result of very many unwanted animals, over breeding, and many different economic factors. Truth is, owning a pet is a luxury and takes a large amount of time that some people do not have to invest into their pets, so these animals are abandoned, mistreated, and surrendered if they are lucky to animal shelters. Far too many are dumped along desolate roads where the owner cannot be seen throwing their dog or cat away like trash to fend for themselves. What many people do not know is that once a dog or cat is a “domesticated” animal they usually cannot survive out in the wild on their own, they need their human companion for food and shelter. Many people also do not believe in getting their pet fixed (spayed, neutered). They believe that it harms them in some way, but this is not true. Supply and demand also plays a role in the overpopulation problem looming the United States. The want for that new puppy or kitten keeps the population growing. Dog and cat overpopulation is a major problem in the United States. According to the Humane Society of the United States (2009), “between six and eight million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year.” With the many factors that contribute to the animal overpopulation, it is hard to pin point why it is so out of control (some do not believe there is an overpopulation problem), but one reason is that there are no laws that govern all the animal breeders that produce the abundance of animals in the United States. The United States still considers cats and dogs as property, not as a being, and humans continue to treat them like they can just be thrown out. They

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