I volunteer with the Nodaway Humane Society, which operates our community's animal shelter. As a no-kill facility, our cages are always full of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who - through no fault of their own - do not have loving homes to call their own.
SPAY or NEUTER your pet, folks. Unless you are a professional breeder, the responsible duty is to keep your precious pet from adding to thousands of unwanted litters each year.
Some of you might think you don't need to. "My dog stays indoors. She's safe." But what happens if you have a fire or a natural disaster that requires evacuation and she gets separated from you? Or if she gets out one day? Takes a little tour of the neighborhood before wandering back home? That's all it takes. It's happened before. It'll happen again. SPAY your dog, please!
Or the male of our species might think, "I CANNOT do that to my dog. He's a guy! It's inhumane!" No. It's HUMANE. Studies show spayed/neutered animals - on average - live longer, healthier lives. So get over it.
Because we are a not-for-profit, we partner with a lot of different organizations and agencies to be successful. Our community is also blessed to be home to Northwest Missouri State University, which has a ton of students committed to our cause. One of them, Doug Kimball, recently produced a new public service announcement for the Nodaway Humane Society. AWESOME!
View it here at: http://bit.ly/9Ncsyb