Maryland Spay & Neuter Fund
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a state-wide Spay and Neuter Fund. If passed, this bill would add a voluntary donation check-box option on state income tax forms to make funds available to low-income residents who wish to sterilize and vaccinate a dog or and cat - including feral cats - and to educate the public about the importance of the procedure.
Twenty-six other states already offer state-funded spay/neuter assistance, and the results are impressive. Colorado paid for more than 21,000 spay and neuter surgeries over the past four years, while NH reduced their euthanasia rates by 77 percent in just six years.
Funding methods include the voluntary check box, like Massachusetts is proposing, and fine increases for animal control violators, like Florida is considering.
If Massachusetts can do it, why can't Maryland. Twenty six other states have state-wide spay and neuter programs, reducing the number of homeless domestic animals, reducing the number of needless euthanizations and bringing down the public cost of kill shelters.
Establishing a spay/neuter assistance fund will not only help animals in Maryland, it will also send a message to other states: it is our responsibility to care for the health and welfare of cats and dogs during good economic times and bad!
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Here's some objective data from Change.org:
-There are not enough homes for all the puppies and kittens born from pets whose owners simply did not spay and neuter them.
-One unspayed female dog, her mate and their offspring can produce up to 67,000 dogs in only 6 years.
-ONE unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring can produce 370,092 in just 7 years. There literally millions of homeless cats in a single State alone. One single pair of breeding cats-one male and female-considering six offspring survive yearly-produces 2 million cats over 10 years. This data is Florida specific citing merely a few examples of the result of out of control homeless and breeding pets, especially cats.
--Low cost spay/neutering will begin to save local governments millions of dollars every year.
Over 300,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in Florida (about 10 to 15 million every year nationwide), with each county paying $60 to $250 per animal, even with minimal care. Each dog pound, run by the county, pays enormously to kill homeless and unwanted pets virtually all of them will be killed as a means of population control.
--Low cost spay/neutering will increase public safety. Animal control is most often under local municipalities also funding education, public safety department budgets, burdening taxpayers and taking money away from police and firefighters. By having affordable spay/neutering, cuts the dog and cat overpopulation in half, we can put 500 (or more) new cops on the streets for each State!
One unneutered male dog or cat can impregnate dozens of females in a month, leading to thousands of unwanted animals.
SPAY/NEUTERING PREVENTS REPRODUCTIVE CANCERS! Did you know most cats six years and older get breast cancer-happens commonly with unspayed cats. SPAYED CATS RARELY GET BREAST TUMORS AND CANCERS.
"Breast cancer is rare among spayed females, especially those neutered before their first heat cycle. Early spaying reduces the risk factors sevenfold. Breast tumors occur frequently in unspayed cats. Eighty percent are malignant (adenocarcinoma). The rest are benign adenomas. Breast cancer is the third most common cancer in cats. Most affected cats are unspayed females over 6 years old."
Dogs also suffer breast cancers; male cats and dogs also suffer reproductive cancers which neutering prevents drastically.