Ever since relocating to South Carolina many years ago, and particularly since becoming an advocate for shelter pets throughout the south, I have heard the same myth repeated ad nauseum by shelter staff, volunteers and advocates in general: The reason our shelters kill so many pets is because we don’t have strong mandatory spay-neuter (MSN) laws like they do in the north where pet overpopulation is no longer a problem. This is false. It is not true. It is false and untrue and wrong on so many levels, I want to scream every time I hear it.
Let me break it down:
1. Pet overpopulation is a myth. Do the math. There are enough homes for every shelter pet in this country.
2. MSN laws are not the answer to ending the killing of healthy/treatable pets in shelters. The No Kill Equation is the only set of programs…
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