All humane societies are dedicated to preventing cruelty and suffering. No society can effectively prevent cruelty unless it makes spaying compulsory for all females released for adoption and talks spaying to every owner of a female. Even if the home is a good one in every other respect, if a female is permitted to produce even one litter, the humane society is simply delaying or postponing cruelty. In fact, it is perpetuating it. When the female (which your society otherwise placed so carefully) has a litter, often its owners are not qualified to judge what constitutes a good home. In fact, they are relieved to find any home. Many of these puppies and kittens are reaching homes where they will be neglected or cruelly abused but will continue to reproduce, possibly to be abandoned later. Some are given to wardens or wind up in marts where they are sold cheaply to children whose parents do not even want a pet--or they are sold by weight at rural auctions.
|Publisher||Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy|
|Conference Title||National Leadership Conference of the Humane Society of the United States|