The Growing Problem of Pet Over-Population

The Growing Problem of Pet Over-PopulationBy Dexter Blanch

Approximately 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters every year. 3-4 million are euthanized annually. The problem of pet over-population is a growing concern for animal rights activist and pet owners across the globe. As human beings, it is our duty to care for God’s creatures and take an active role in animal welfare. There are two things every responsible pet owner and breeder can do to help solve this national crisis: 1. Prevent Accidental Breeding It is critical that all responsible breeders and pet owners strive to prevent accidental breeding. Excessive and uncontrolled reproduction increases the number of unwanted animals and places a major strain on local shelters. The most well-known preventative for this dilemma is spaying and neutering. However, if you plan to eventually breed your female dog, spaying is simply not an option. In this case, you will have to take extra precautions to ensure your female is completely protected during her heat cycles. Previously, the only thing you could do was keep your dog on a leash when she was out of the yard and make sure she was locked up when you were not home. However, thanks to a new product there is another solution. The Pet Anti-Breeding System (PABS™) is one of the first non-surgical methods for preventing unwanted pregnancies in dogs. The PABS™ system is a comfortable device that straps onto your dog’s hindquarters, offering complete protection. Additional information can be located at

2. Be Sure Puppies are Given Good Homes According the National Council of Pet Population, dogs and cats are relinquished to animal shelters for a number of reasons. Most commonly it is due to a family move, cost of caring for the pet, inadequate facilities or behavioral issues. Many people relinquish their pets because they have personal problems and simply do not have the time required to invest in raising a puppy. A special report entitled, “Human and Animal Factors Related to the Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats in 12 Selected Animal Shelters in the United States,” sheds more light on this national dilemma. It is clear from these statistics that a number of high-quality dogs are under-cared for and misunderstood by their owners, resulting in increased abandonment. According to the study, nearly 30% of dogs entering shelters were purebred. 27% of dogs were classified as “outside pets.” 12% of people surrendering dogs did not believe there were any behavioral differences between breeds. 53% were convinced a dog would misbehave out of spite and 31% did not know that dogs come into heat twice a year. These figures should be a wake up call for breeders seeking homes for their puppies. It is critical that potential buyers understand the canine species. Not only that, they must be familiar with the type of breed you are selling. If your prospective buyer is use to a docile poodle, and is now considering an energetic Australian Cattle Dog, it may be a recipe for disaster. Be sure prospective buyers are willing to make the necessary commitment of time and money to care for the puppy. By carefully screening buyers, you may be able to prevent the needless surrendering of pets to shelters. Never offer puppies at a cheap price, simply because you are desperate to get ride of them. The study also noted that the majority of people surrounding their dogs paid an average of $48.00. These people demonstrated little financial commitment in the beginning. If they are willing to pay a professional fee for a quality dog, they may be more likely to care for and value that animal.

### Dexter Blanch is the president of Highly Favored Creations and inventor of the Pet Anti-Breeding System. This revolutionary product is designed to prevent accidental breeding and promote responsible pet ownership. You can contact Dexter by calling 318-683-1661 or you can email him at Highly Favored Creations is dedicated to promoting responsible breeding practices and reducing the number of unwanted pets through preventative measures.