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HAWC wants September as spay, neuter month
A local organization has asked city officials and county commissioners to help with educating the public about the need to spay or neuter pets in order to stem the rise in unwanted animals in Warren County. Currently, Warren County Animal Control has more than 100 cats. Both governments are considering proclamations in support of the effort.

Helping Animals of Warren County is urging the city of McMinnville and Warren County governments to designate September as Pet Spay or Neuter Month. 
“We are asking for support to name September as Pet Spay or Neuter Month from Warren County and the city of McMinnville,” said HAWC member Jan Saylors. “Right now, we have over 130 cats in Warren County’s shelter. That doesn’t even address the feral cat population that is out of control here. In the county, there’s approximately 40,000 people, give or take. Of that, statistics will show there is probably well over 3,000 dogs that have not been spayed or neutered and over 4,000 cats that have not been spayed or neutered within the county.”
An overpopulation has led to a large population of homeless and feral animals. In six years, one female dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies. In seven years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.
In the United States, more than 50,000 kittens and puppies are born each day. For every pet with a place to call home, there are four companion animals who are homeless, neglected, or abused. Millions of these animals enter America’s animal shelters and 30 to 60 percent of them have to be destroyed each year because no one wants them. That is 4 to 6 million animals.
HAWC isn’t asking either government to institute a requirement to spay or neuter.
“We aren’t asking for money,” said Saylors. “We are not asking for any laws to be changed. We are simply asking for your support as we go forward and really try to educate the public on the need to spay and neuter their pets.”
Medically altering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally and is the most effective and humane way to save animals’ lives. Saylors says that’s the awareness the organization would like to spread in September.
“Spay and neuter is the only way out of the overpopulation problem,” she said. “We can’t keep building shelters. We can’t keep sending dogs north and south and wherever else we send them. We have to get to the root of the problem which is people who will not spay or neuter their pets.”

What are some spay and neuter myths?

Pet guardians cite many reasons why they won't spay or neuter their animal. Among them:
• "My pet will become fat."
Too much food and lack of exercise makes a pet fat. If you monitor food intake and provide exercise, your pets will stay trim.
• "He's purebred so he can't be fixed."
Purebreds and their offspring also end up homeless in shelters. Purebreds not spayed or neutered can also contribute to the problem of overpopulation.
• "I will find good homes for all of the kittens (or puppies)."
If each of the great homes ready to welcome your pet's offspring would instead adopt from a shelter, they -- and you -- could potentially save the lives of deserving animals waiting for a new home.
• "My pet is so special I want another pet just like her."
There is no guarantee that puppies and kittens will inherit their parents’ best qualities. In fact, they may just as easily inherit the worst qualities.