Help Put an End to Animal Homelessness in 2015

Every year in the U.S., open-admission animal shelters across the nation are forced to put to death roughly half of the almost 8 million homeless and unwanted dogs and cats who pour into their overwhelmed facilities. The staggering numbers mean that not just sick, injured, or aggressive animals must be euthanized; wonderful, healthy, social, lovable animals also lose their lives because of simple math: There are too many animals and not enough good homes for them.

The good news is that there is a practical, fiscally sensible solution to this epidemic, and it lies in prevention—getting in front of the problem instead of trying to clean it up after the fact. Requiring that dogs and cats be sterilized unless their owners purchase an annual breeding permit—the cost of which would fund low-cost spay-and-neuter services—will save animals' lives and taxpayer dollars.

Until people spay and neuter their animals, euthanasia will remain a tragic necessity. No one wants to have to euthanize animals—least of all those who hold the syringe—but every day, workers at animal shelters see fates far worse than a humane death—animals who are cruelly killed by mean people; animals who are chained, neglected, and starved; animals who perish on the streets, where they are considered a public health threat and a nuisance; and more.

You can help by being part of the solution. If you have an animal companion, please make sure that he or she is spayed or neutered, and please take a moment to write to your governor using the form below to ask him or her to pursue strong measures in 2015 to end animal homelessness.

Please keep all correspondence polite, as anything else will hurt our efforts.

Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]

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