Elizabeth Sawicki, River Wolaver, Maya Tkachenko, and Indigo Halasz: The importance of spaying and neutering pets

Friday, August 20, 2021

We recently finished eighth grade at Amherst Regional Middle School. In school we have been studying the topic of animal cruelty, and one way we want to help is by making sure that all domestic animals are spayed and neutered.

Animal overpopulation plays a large part in many forms of animal cruelty. When shelters have an overload of animals, they are unable to provide good homes for all of them, so many animals are euthanized. An excessive number of unwanted pets on the streets can lead to fighting, lack of necessary resources, and overall poor animal health.

A single unspayed cat, along with her offspring, can produce around 420,000 cats over a span of seven years. In six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce as many as 67,000 dogs. Overpopulation has become a problem because with cats/dogs producing more, the shelters and homes can’t take in the amount of animals being produced. This can be caused by a multitude of things, one of which is animals not getting spayed or neutered. When animals aren’t spayed or neutered they produce more offspring. Over time, this causes there to be too many animals for shelters to adopt off to forever homes.

One way to prevent animal overpopulation is through spaying and neutering pets. Stop the killing of animals in shelters that are getting killed for the pure problem of existing. Support lawmakers and organizations working towards mandatory pet sterilization laws. Please take our proposal into consideration and help prevent animals getting put down in shelters by spaying and neutering your pets today!

Elizabeth Sawicki, River Wolaver, Maya Tkachenko, and Indigo Halasz

Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School