To have more accessible spay/neuter programs.

Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. As animal lovers who value our pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.

The number of homeless animals varies —in some areas there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.

Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

But it's not just the animals who suffer due to our failure to spay and neuter. Capturing, impounding and eventual euthanasia costs taxpayers and private agencies millions of dollars each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.To end the suffering of innocent cats and dogs by reducing the number of unwanted litters, and to make spay and neuter surgeries affordable to those who might not otherwise alter their pets.

Many times, pet owners are well educated on the issue of animal population, but they are just not able to afford the spay or neuter procedure at a regular veterinarian.

We feel, that if a free or low cost spay/neuter program was more available in the Fredericton area, it would greatly reduce the costs to the community. Low cost spay/neutering will begin to save the government millions of dollars every year. It costs in the area of $60 to $200 per animal who is housed in a shelter or rescue facility. Managing, caring for and -- unfortunately in most cases -- euthanizing stray dogs and cats costs the government and taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

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 social programs.

One un-neutered male dog or cat can impregnate dozens of females in a month, leading to thousands of unwanted animals. It is time for our area to take action, a low cost or free Spay/Neuter Program is desperately needed, if you agree, please take the time to fill out the shot petition and let your voice be heard.

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