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Guest Editorial: "Responsibility to Pets"

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National Pet Week is coming up in May, a good time to think about domesticated animals and our responsibility to them.

In the Montgomery Humane Shelter alone nearly 3,300 animals have been taken in over the last six months.  About half of them were people's pets.

According to the ASPCA, between 5 and 7 million animals enter shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 to 4 million of those are euthanized.   That's about one every eleven seconds.

Worse than that, countless other animals are merely left on county roads to fend for themselves.

We as humans have an obligation to cats and dogs.  We've been domesticating them for thousands of years.  They no longer live by the rules of nature.  They depend on us.

It is obvious from the numbers that we cannot adopt all available pets at animal shelters.  Having half of them put down is expensive and excessive.

If we are to have compassion and sympathy for the suffering and distressed… the very definition of humane… we can at least have our pets spayed or neutered.

Pet owners, please call your veterinarian or spay and neuter clinic today.

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