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Current Replies for volusia county Florida Mandatory Spay/Neuter law june 5th
5/28/2008 3:08:31 PM
Posts: 1
On June 5, you will vote on a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for Volusia County, the rationale for which is the alleged 15,000 dogs and cats put to sleep every year in Volusia County shelters at an alleged cost of 1.5 million taxpayer dollars. Aside from those exaggerated figures, you should be aware that mandatory spay/neuter ordinances will do nothing to increase owner retention, the lack of which is the major cause of shelter intake. According to the highly respected National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (which is sponsored by several high-profile animal interest organizations, including HSUS), the following are the ten most common reasons for dog and cat relinquishment to shelters in the United States. 1.Moving
2.Landlord issues
3.Cost of pet maintenance
4.No time for pet
5.Inadequate facilities
6.Too many pets in home
7.Pet illness (es)
8.Personal problems
10.No homes for littermates

1.Too many in house
4.Cost of pet maintenance
5.Landlord issues
6.No homes for littermates
7.House soiling
8.Personal problems
9.Inadequate facilities
10.Doesn't get along with other pets

None of those problems will be solved by mandatory spay/neuter. If your home is foreclosed and you must live in rental housing, but cannot find rental property that allows pets, it is not going to matter whether those pets are spayed or castrated or not. If you've lost your job and cannot afford to keep one or moreor all of your pets; or a new baby turns out to be allergic to pets; or the landlord decides to use your pets as an excuse to raise your rent to an unaffordable level; or you just have personal or family problems that make keeping pets humanely all but impossible, spaying or castrating them isn't going to make any difference. Those pets are still going to be turned-into shelters (or abandonned on the street).
What we need in Volusia County are several other proven approaches to reducing euthanasia numbers in shelters dramatically, as follows:

1. Maddie's Fund will work with coalitions of private and public agencies incities and counties to develop effective, humane, no-kill programs for shelters, in which the only animals put to sleep are those who are too old, too sick, or too bad-tempered to be adoptable. Maddie's Fund gives very substantial grants to cities to make this happen and has had considerable success in many cities.

2. Provision of voluntary low-cost spay/castrate and pet care/obedience programs in many localities throughout the county. These can even be traveling programs, such as mobile spay/castrate units and pet care/obedience classes conducted in schools or community centers each night of the week in a different location.

3. Shelter outreach with local rescue groups and with shelters in other parts of the state and country that are so underutilized, they actually import dogs.

4. Adoptathons held on weekends in shopping malls or other public places.

In the month of April 2008, 12 dogs and cats were captured by Animal Control. Notice the difference in number. Ferel cats are the source of the high euthanization at the pound not dogs. MSN law will not address the ferel cat population which is the main source for overpopulation in the pound. Many rescue groups have tried to obtain the rare unwanted purebred that ends up at the pound and provide shelter, sterilization, medical care and find homes for these purebred animals so that they would not be euthanized the Humane Society refuses to work with these organizations. And yet they claim to care about the animal????

5. Expanded shelter hours to accommodate working people It might not have occurred to the commissioners that a very substantial portion of shelter intake is feral cats. No mandatory spay/castrate law addresses feral cats, because no one is responsible for them. For feral cats, the county's animal control can and should work with Alley Cat Allies, which is very successful reducing feral cat populations with its TNR program. Finally, to address the myth that breeders object to mandatory spay/castrate laws because they might lose lots of tax-free money by not breeding, that is so far from the truth as to lie in the realm of utter fantasy. The truth is that no hobby breeder profits at all from the hobby of breeding. On the contrary, most hobby breeders cannot think of a more labor-intensive, more expensive activity that almost inevitably results in loss of income. But there are definite, demonstrated health risks to spaying and castrating, particularly in the first year of a dog's life and in the first six months of a cat's life. Most people who prefer to keep their pets, especially dogs, intact are not breeders at all. They are just pet owners, who want to have healthy pets and who can and do manage their pets well enough to avoid all indiscriminate breeding.
Thank you for your attention.
Redrock Pits
6/28/2008 7:49:52 AM
Posts: 14

I use to live in New Smyrna Beach back in 1988. Sorry, but I believe there are some breeds that do need to be neutered.