Tuesday, December 3, 2013

For the Sake of Georgia's Shelter Dogs and Cats

It's no big surprise to many that Georgia has a serious dog and cat population problem.  Animal rescue groups are very aware that many healthy pets are euthanized every day due to lack of homes available. Southern Animal Rescue performed a 16 month study in 2007 to help get a better understanding on the
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number of pets euthanized at the Animal Control shelters and societies in the state of Georgia.  There were an estimated 250,000 dogs and cats euthanized in Georgia shelters in 2007.  That amounts to about 685 animals a day.

How can you make a difference?

1.  Spay and neuter every pet in your home. If cost is a factor, consider a low cost spay and neuter clinic.

2.  Be an advocate for animals. Explain to neighbors with animals the importance of spaying and neutering.

3.  Do not take pets from backyard breeders, people on Craig's list without a proper license.  Report them        to the Department of Agriculture's Animal Protection Section. THese peope, aware or unawre add                significantly to the problem.  http://agr.georgia.gov/  800-282-5852 Ext 4914 or 404-656-4914

4.  Look at the local shelter when you are ready for a pet.  Even pedigrees are available.
     http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?     option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=492
     http://atlantahumane.org/

5.  Volunteer your time to help a rescue group, local shelter or a low cost spay and neuter clinic.  Even
      children and teenagers are valuable when it comes to help.

Marietta Vet Clinic, veterinarian +Julian Peckich DVM and staff are happy to answer questions you may have concerning spaying and neutering a pet.  It takes all of us to make a difference.