August 1, 2014
Summer (June, July, August) is known as puppy and kitten season — for those of us involved in animal rescue, it is a heartbreaking time of year. While puppies and kittens flood the shelters, the older animals get overlooked and put to sleep. The euthanasia numbers skyrocket as animals are killed to make room for the influx of new animals. Hundreds upon hundreds of kittens and puppies enter the shelters — in crates, boxes, in bags or pillow cases, and sometimes just left outside the front door or tied to the fence. With “oops” litters from pet owners who either didn’t know better or didn’t care enough to have their pets fixed, stray litters picked up by concerned citizens, and other abandoned pets, the shelters can’t keep up.
BAF has prevented a significant number of unwanted litters through our free spay/neuter program in East LA. During this three month summer period we’ve completed 330 spay/neuter surgeries for residents living in East LA.
A few statistics to consider….
A cat can have at least 3 litters per year. The average number of kittens per litter is 4-6. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats..
A dog can have at least 2 litters pet year. The average number of kittens per litter is 6-8. In seven years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 78,000 dogs..
For every human born, 15 puppies and 45 kittens are born.