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The overpopulation of cats is at an alarming rate. What to do with them is a question on everyone’s mind.

A cat’s pregnancy lasts about 65 days. Under the right conditions she can have multiple pregnancies each year. Statistics have proven that 90% of all litters are female. Kittens start reproducing at about four months! Is anyone adding this up? How do you keep up with numbers like that?

Dogs have two heat cycles per year but can have as many as 13 puppies at a time, and predominately female. They are over populated as well.

Everyone complains, but no one is willing to act. Will a shelter help? Absolutely! Will sheltering stop over population? Absolutely not! People must take responsibility and have these animals spayed or neutered. That is the only way to stop over population.

For almost 14 years a few volunteers and myself worked with a local vet spaying and neutering cats and some dogs for very little money. We would do 20 to 30 at a time and sometimes all from the same place. We were bitten, scratched, got dirty and very tired, but we all showed up for the next session. Mostly they were cats dropped off at farms, not really owned by anyone, but it made a difference. Since he retired the calls for stray animals has dramatically increased.

We investigate animal cruelty. We do not pick up strays. We do not have the funding or the resources for that. Everyone is quick to mention getting grants, but what they refuse to believe is that grants are very scarce and not adequate to fund such an endeavor.

There is a lot of oil money in this county now and articles in the paper read of all the good being done with it, but no animal stories. Why aren’t the animals getting some much needed help? We need funding to keep the spay/neuter discount program and the cruelty investigations going. There is a group working to build a shelter and they need money. When is it the animals turn?

I hear all the excuses such as, it’s not my cat, that procedure is expensive, it will just go out and get hit by a car! Really? And the veterinarians, you have overhead, cost of supplies are up dramatically, not to mention the costs of your education. What will happen if doing nothing continues? Let’s think about that for a second.

Shirl Berry
Investigator
Carroll County Humane Society

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