In my last article, I discussed pet overpopulation. Today, I want to talk about what you can do about it.
Often, the biggest barrier to spaying and neutering is the cost. We have the BCSPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic in Kamloops, which provides a low-cost service to our district to sterilize animals. (There is usually a wait to get in for a spay or neuter, so call as soon as possible to get an appointment.)
When can you spay or neuter your cat or dog? As soon as your vet will do the surgery! Many vets will do pediatric sterilization, which can be done between eight and 16 weeks of age. I recently had a friend post on her Facebook page that her cat is proof positive that kittens CAN have kittens!
How can you help? There are lots of ways! First, spay and neuter your pets and educate others to do the same. Donate to the local shelter or spay/neuter clinic to reduce the cost of sterilizing animals prior to adoption, or sponsor a sterilization. Sign up to educate the public about this important issue, and organize a community awareness campaign to promote it. Organize a spay/neuter day for feral cats with the vets that serve locally. You can also volunteer as a foster home to take care of litters when they are too young to be in the shelter or adopted. Everybody can do a small part to help solve the overpopulation problem!