MERIDIAN — Pet overpopulation and euthanasia
Last Friday I went to Animal Control, and met Heather, a new employee. She was debating about which litters of kittens, to put down and which puppies to put down. By put down I mean euthanize or kill. You see they had either gone past the 5 day holding period for strays or had just not been adopted … and more space was needed. The adult cats and dogs, which is any animal over 6-9 months, are easy choices because it is highly unlikely they will be adopted when kittens and puppies are available. The torment and anguish in Heather's eyes was very apparent and very sad.
Meridian city and county has the problem of cat and dog overpopulation. We see the stray dogs, sometimes running in packs. We see the cats/kittens huddling in the shadows. Many of these dogs and cats are turned into Animal Control. Last year 70 percent of the animals turned into Animal Control were killed. This kill rate can change if the community comes together and makes it known this is not right and not wanted.
If pet owners spayed and neutered their pets, their pets would not reproduce and have unwanted kittens and puppies. There would be less dogs and cats dropped off at Animal Control and less euthanized.
Currently there is a program at Animal Control where one can adopt an animal and have it spayed or neutered for $35.00. This is a very low cost for adopting an animal and having it spayed and neutered. This is an awesome program but the money will run out if more funds or donations are not received. Please know that Animal Control is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and able to receive tax-deductible donations. The address and phone is:
Lauderdale County Animal Control
501 Cooper Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301