Help reduce animal overpopulation

Every year, between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the U.S., according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Unfortunately, about half of these animals are not adopted and end up being euthanized because of a lack of homes for them.

That is why it is so important to spay or neuter your pets to avoid overpopulation. If not controlled, it leads to hungry, aggressive and unhealthy strays, which can have a negative effect on their welfare as well as threaten public health.

If you want a big challenge that would help curb overpopulation and make you or your group $25 million, then you might be interested in the offer from a billionaire surgeon, entrepreneur and inventor Dr. Gary Michelson. He recently announced that he is offering money for a safe, non-surgical, single-dose sterilization method for male and female cats and dogs. Animal experts believe that the introduction of a cheap, reliable pet sterilant will reduce the number of animals that end up abandoned or in shelters.

However, if that is too challenging, then here are four simple ways to stop the over-population of pets:

-Don’t support breeding facilities or puppy mills that put profit above the welfare of animals. It’s better to adopt from an animal shelter or rescue group than to buy from a breeder or pet store.

-Make sure your new pet is spayed or neutered.

-Research different breeds to find the right fit for you and your family.

-More immediately, you can come to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Friday at St. Agnes School in Lake Placid. It benefits the Tri-Lakes Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Fund and is hosted by the Lake Placid Animal Hospital.

You can make a difference. If you are looking to adopt, there are presently a large variety of breeds, colors, sizes of dogs and cats at the Tri-Lakes Humane Society or surrounding shelters in the North Country area. If you are unable to adopt but would like to donate to the Spay/Neuter Fund, contact the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake at 518-891-0017 .

Your help by doing one or all of the above will help save 4 to 6 million animals forced to be euthanized every year. We urge you to take action.