Too many animals

Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative clarifies some statistics.

There were a number of times during our conversation when the figure of 5,000 was referenced. Over 5,000 animals were spayed or neutered at the OSPCA high volume clinic in Newmarket last year. I made reference to the fact that the City of Toronto reported thousands of animals euthanized every year via Animal Services. OSPCA shelter figures across Ontario are in the thousands. I am not certain if I misunderstood a question she asked or if she misunderstood the figures to which I was referring.

The overriding issue remains: too many animals are being abandoned or surrendered. There are not enough homes for all of them. There are not enough resources in shelters and municipal budgets to effectively care for them all. Killing the “surplus“ animals should not be the default mechanism for dealing with the problem. It does not work. Numbers of animals coming into shelter increase every year. So do operating costs for shelters. And so do the numbers of euthanasias. According to Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology at Cornell University, There is no disease or condition of companion animals that takes more of their lives than euthanasia.

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