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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals.
Photo: London looks

What’s the magic trick that is saving lives all across the USA? A perfect cocktail of spay/neuter programs and adoption drives. Yep, all the hard work that animal rescue groups have been doing has paid off.

The Huffington Post is reporting that fewer than four million dogs and cats will be euthanized this year. Sound like a lot? Well, that number is down from over twenty million animals back in 1970. This, my animal loving friends, is progress.

Getting your companion fixed wasn’t always considered the responsible thing to do. In fact the first public spay/neuter clinic didn’t open until 1969. Once they started taking appointments, they had a four month wait list. Now, most shelters won’t even let you take home a dog or cat if he or she has not been fixed.

The next step in the effort to sterilize dogs and cats would be to do away with the surgical procedures totally. Many groups are doing their best to perfect a shot that would sterilize animals. No snip snip required. One drug that has been approved by the FDA will be coming to the USA soon. It’s been tested around the world and will likely make an appearance stateside later this year.

Perhaps a procedure that simple would convince people who don’t want to put their animals under the knife to get them fixed. We’ve still got four million lives per year to save.

Via The Huffington Post

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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