We are looking to all of you for help, asking that you spay or neuter your animals. This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent animal cruelty. We also ask that you talk to members in your own community. Help educate folks about animal overpopulation and urge everyone to spay/neuter their pets.
In five years, one cat couple can produce over 11,000 offspring; a dog couple, over 12,000 puppies. This is much faster than the growth rate of adopting families. The solution is a basic grass roots one: individuals like you make a real measurable difference in the overpopulation problem by spaying or neutering your own pets and by adopting spay/neutered pets from organizations such as Baypath.
It is virtually impossible to establish exactly the number of animals that are destroyed each year in the United States. The estimates for 1997 range from 5 million (Tufts Veterinary School) to 12 million (The American Humane Association). If you dare picture it, that many animals standing in line and waiting to die extends from New York City to Juneau, Alaska!
There are still too many adoptable, yet unwanted animals that suffer from a cruel hard life on the streets. However, their numbers are decreasing. Just a few years ago, Baypath became committed to spaying/neutering each and every one of the adults animals adopted from our care. Each year, Baypath spays/neuters every cat and dog before they are adopted out to their new, loving family, thereby reducing by thousands the number of animals on the streets or destroyed in shelters.
The facts of overpopulation are astounding but true. Baypath is one of the few no-kill shelters in Massachusetts and, with your help, we have been able to take in and find loving homes for a very small percentage of the stray animals. Spaying/neutering and the associated vet costs are Baypath’s single greatest expenditure. With your continued support, we hope we can help the animals even more in the year to come!
We understand that spaying and neutering can be an expensive procedure for many. Please see the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s low-cost spay/neuter clinics page to find one in your area.