Deciding on whether or not to spay or neuter your dog or cat can be a tough decision. Obstacles, such as time, money, finding a veterinarian you trust, and debating on whether or not to breed your pet, are often in the way. There are pros and cons to both sides. If you are contemplating such an issue pay close attention. The famous Bob Barker closed every show of The Price is Right with “Control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”Are those famous closing remarks true because the pet population is really out of control?
Local animal rescue and adoption agencies have tried to make it mandatory for pet owners to spay or neuter their pets by urging city council members to make it a law. The pet population is out of control, and a law would immediately put a damper on the increase. Some cities are worse than others, but it is a growing issue everywhere. Cats and dogs are the majority of local strays. Pet owners are in the dark about the issue and are not aware of the seriousness the issue brings to the well-being of all dogs and cats. The issue needs to be made known so that pet owners can respond and do their part in controlling it.
Veterinary clinics, animal rescues, and animal shelters need to step it up regarding this issue as well. Taking action is the most important solution for controlling the pet population. Anyone who owns a pet with no intentions of breeding it should without a doubt get their pet spayed or neutered. Even if you are positive your dog or cat will never get outside, you can never be completely certain. It is easy and almost always tempting for a pet dog or cat to slip out the front door when you walk outside to get your mail or to hop the fence when they see a squirrel across the street. Dogs and cats are curious creatures and want to explore any unfamiliarities. Dogs and cats rarely “run away,” but they oftentimes do get lost. If they are in a good home, they have no intentions of running far away and never returning. Their curiosity just overpowers them in the moment.
Once a pet dog or cat is out on its own, it is likely that it will come across another dog or cat. That dog or cat could be another pet that got out, a stray, or one in a neighborhood backyard. If both pets are not spayed or neutered, then there is a great chance they will contribute to the increasing population of strays and homeless dogs and cats that either never get a loving home or a life at all. However, if the owner of at least one of those pets had its dog or cat spayed or neutered, that chance is totally eliminated.
Bob Barker’s closing remarks planted a seed to all lovers of The Price is Right. He vocalized the issue knowing millions watched his show and a good percentage of them owned a dog or cat. Barker’s closing statement made viewers curious and look further into the issue which then enabled them to realize its importance. What Bob Barker did needs to influence other media sources and those of higher authority so this issue can be further vocalized and controlled.