There are good reasons to spay, neuter animals

August 19, 2004

Dear Editor:

Stephen Knight's letter concerning taxing people, who do not spay or neuter their animals, raises some interesting questions concerning who is responsible for caring for the unwanted animals in our society.

I would not argue with his statement that the owners should be able to make a choice in this matter, but his reasons for not spaying or neutering really seem a tad selfish. Most responsible pet owners are aware of the reasons to spay or neuter and comply very willingly. Some reasons to spay or neuter are as follows:

1.Pets that have been spayed or neutered have proven to be less aggressive.

2.Spaying and neutering can prevent some cancers in dogs, especially before they have their first litter.

3.A dog's personality is based on their environment and genetics, not sex hormones.

4.You may be able to find homes for your litter, but what about the thousands of dogs in shelters. That's one less home for them.


The facts above were obtained on the Human Society Web page,

Yes, Mr. Knight, I would rather be free than meet my death by euthanasia, but the reason for shelter euthanasia is overpopulation and irresponsible pet caretakers. Notice, I said caretakers. There are four dogs in my family, we do not consider them property, and they are our friends and companions. They are treated with kindness, respect, love, and dignity.

The natural order does not apply to domesticated animals. Most of their natural instincts have been breed out by humans. If we are at the top of the "food chain" then supposedly we are at the top concerning intelligence. Our responsibility on earth is to be kind to all creatures, human or animal.

The answer to supporting our shelters may not be taxing those who have not spayed or neutered. I am sure of one thing, we need our shelters and the shelters need support by city, county, or state in order to survive. Perhaps the money people save by not spaying and neutering their animals could be donated to the shelters!

Betty McAnly


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