It is time for all citizens of southeast Michigan and beyond to become aware of the tremendous overpopulation of cats and dogs and subsequent cruelty cases.
For every citizen, it is a matter of personal economics. People might not think that they are directly affected by this epidemic but that is not the case. Our tax dollars go to the apprehension of abandoned, stray and neglected animals as well as the investigation of cruelty cases. It costs each of us to take care of these situations, whether or not we are animal lovers.
One way to reduce spending is to lower the birth population, especially of cats. It is true that one female cat and her offspring can produce over two hundred thousand kittens in her lifetime. And while we are on the subject, there is no such thing as a 'free kitten.'
If you want to save your money for other needs, then have your cat and dog spayed or neutered. Stop supporting puppy mills and backyard breeders that are producing 'designer dogs.' If you aren't interested in acquiring a purebred dog or cat, then go to an animal shelter and save a life.
Paradise Animal Rescue, Inc. and many shelters are at capacity or only have limited space available. As part of our community educational mission, encourage and support the efforts of all shelters where population reduction is a goal. It is my opinion that reducing the pet population is the correct road to take so it does not overburden the tax-paying public.
As Bob Barker used to say on his t.v. show, "Spay or neuter your dog or cat. Reduce the pet population."