Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pet Contraception

There are numerous types of animal shelters and rescues out there, all with their own ideas on what’s best for the animal community, but the one thing that almost all of these organizations seem to agree on is that the best way to control the number of homeless, unwanted animals is by spaying or neutering. Some organizations spay and neuter all animals in their care, others require adopters to have the animals spayed or neutered upon adoption. Whatever the method, most rescue pets must be spayed or neutered at some point. There are, of course, some obstacles to this such as surgery cost, adopter noncompliance, and veterinary access. What if pets could be somehow sterlizied without the financial burden or surgical procedure? This may provide shelters and rescues with an easy, low-cost approach to control pet populations.

The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) has been formed and supported by leading animal welfare agencies to find this method of sterlization. The mission of the ACC&D:

To expedite the successful introduction of methods to non-surgically sterilize dogs and cats and to support the distribution and promotion of these products to humanely control cat and dog populations world wide.

Check out the ACC&D’s website for more info and ways to get involved and support the effort.

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