SPCA Campers: Spay or Neuter Your Pets

A public service announcement from the campers at the East Bay SPCA animal camp.

Campers at the East Bay SPCA offer words of advice on pet care. Their public service announcement teaches pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering.

They recommend pets be spayed or neutered to help avoid pet overpopulation.

Is your pet spayed or neutered? Tell us in the comments section of the article.

Leah Hall August 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thanks for the advice! My daughter is attending Animal Camp at the SPCA facility in Dublin this week for campers in grades 6-8. She says its lots of fun. My soulmate says that with this camp and all the SPCA volunteer experience she is getting she will surely be a "canine and cat whisperer" by the end of the summer. The East Bay SPCA is a wonderful organization! https://www.eastbayspca.org/
Gary Allsebrook August 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Please do this! We are fortunate to live in a county that encourages spay and neutering. The HBO documentary "In Dog We Trust" highlights the plight of the million + dogs and puppies euthanized every year and is quite disturbing to watch. More animals are euthanized than adopted. Besides its actually healthier for your pet to be spayed or neutered.
Gary Allsebrook August 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Correction it's "One Nation Under Dog" if you have HBO Go you can watch it there.
Leah Hall August 15, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Indeed. The Humane Society's website puts out tragic statistics as well. The flip side of this are the puppy mills and back yard breeders that sell on Craig's list. These types of operations are no friend of dog or god - primarily because they fuel our country's pet overpopulation epidemic. Backyard breeder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backyard_breeder
Gary Allsebrook August 15, 2012 at 09:21 PM
They address puppy mills and dog rescue in the documentary as well. Many pet stores are now selling shelter and rescue animals and I think that's a great idea. Never buy pedigreed dogs from pet stores - they are almost surely from a puppy mill.
Leah Hall August 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You make another important point which brings us back to the SPCA Camper's public service video above - public education and awareness. I also am grateful that our local pet stores and other local business orgs. and associations for their numerous actions including hosting animal adoptions and related events focused on pet welfare and animal companion education. Thought some might be interested in this site I found online: Buyer Beware: The Problem with Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders (an excerpt) "When puppy mills and backyard breeders flood the market with animals, they reduce homes available for animals from reputable establishments, shelters and rescue groups. Every year, more than 150,000 cats and dogs enter shelters in Washington State-6 to 8 million animals enter shelters nationwide. Sadly, only about 15 percent of people with pets in the U.S. adopted them from a shelter or rescue group, leaving so many deserving pets left behind." -- www.paws.org http://www.paws.org/puppy-mills.html
Gary Allsebrook August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
1. Take down vicky321 post. It is commercialization and not relevant to the topic. 2. I was a backyard breeder for Bichon Frises and was quite responsible about it. Full AKC documentation. Limited litters, only once a year breeding, all shots, basic puppy training and socialization. Professional grooming/ full veterinary care for parents, etc. Not everyone can afford the prices that breeders who show champions charge. Not all backyard breeders are irresponsible about it. I also carefully screened and chose buyers that had the time and resources to properly care for the puppies I sold. I also required spaying and neutering as a condition of sale. At the time there were only a few breeders in all of Northern California. I still have one of my puppies and he turned 17 in May. I no longer breed dogs. I followed all of the highest standards for breeding.
David Mills (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Hi, Gary: The vicky321 post has been deleted and that user has been blocked.
Leah Hall August 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
No doubt that there is a broad range of quality backyard breeders out there. What's tragic is the resuting shelter and euthanization statitistics noted above. Backyard breeding is, of course, not the only cause of too many animals for the amount of caring homes available, but it is a significant contributing factor. Positive Steps to Help Stop the Suffering: Be a responsible, informed consumer-if you do buy from a breeder, go to a reputable one who: Will show you where the dogs spend their time and introduces you to the puppy's parents. Explains the puppy's medical history, including vaccines, and gives you their veterinarian's contact info. Doesn't have puppies available year-round, yet may keep a waiting list for interested people. Asks about your family's lifestyle, why you want a dog, and your care and training plans for the puppy. Doesn't use pressure sales tactics. Adopt from a shelter or breed-specific rescue group near you-typically 25% of the animals in shelters are purebred. Support laws that protect animals from puppy mill cruelty-tell your elected officials you support laws which cap the number of animals a person can own and breed, and establish care standards for exercise, housing, access to food and water and regular veterinary care. (continued)
Leah Hall August 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Urge your local pet store to support shelters-animals are often used to draw consumers into stores. Encourage pet stores to promote shelter animals for adoption instead of replenishing their supply through questionable sources. Donate pet supplies to local shelters to help those rescued from the puppy mills and many other homeless animals in need. Learn more at: StopPuppyMills.com (The Humane Society of the United States) PrisonersOfGreed.org CAPS-web.org (Companion Animal Protection Society)
Gary Allsebrook August 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Thanks David, I'm a forum administrator for the Oral Cancer Foundation and have to deal with that every day. Leah, I am in complete agrrement with you. If more people saw "One Nation Under Dog", particularly the poison gas mass euthanasia scene, they would be flooding the shelters to rescue dogs.
Camaro on Cinderblocks August 17, 2012 at 07:47 PM
It's an epidemic and home breeding should be illegal until it's not an epidemic. Those that disagree should go down to there local shelter and watch these dogs be put to death.
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