I am a senior at Henry County High School, and I’m writing to bring awareness about the importance of pet owners getting their pets spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering a pet can make animals calmer and some animals feel less of an urge to run away from their home. Pets that have had the procedure done can no longer reproduce, so spaying or neutering your pet can help control the pet population. Needless to say, there will be no unwanted animals roaming the streets going hungry. It is cheaper to get the procedure done, than it is to pay for three or more mouths, plus trips to the vet, so on and so forth. Get the picture?
Hundreds of animals walk the streets of Henry County every day that are usually abandoned by their owners, leaving them as strays. Having experienced stray animals myself, and the poor conditions they are left in is heart breaking. Stray animals can be health hazards, because they may be carrying diseases that no one can see. Cats and dogs bite and scratch, dogs depending on the size can knock over someone easily and attack, the animal may have rabies or other diseases that can be passed through biting and scratching. The animals often go through the trash, becoming a problem to home owners. Dogs can become wild, and start to kill farmer’s livestock. It’s unsafe for children, and the rest of the community. As Bob Barker used to say, “Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered.”