Critter Talk

We have people in our community working passionately with a goal of making it possible for the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center (CTSAC) to be “No-kill-for-space.” They post shelter animals on Facebook, and send the pictures and information about them far and wide to rescue organizations. They beg their friends and acquaintances to adopt or contribute to an adoption.

They are also working on the flip side of the no-kill solution. The real long term solution is not in what happens to an animal after he comes to the shelter, but what happens before. They are encouraging area pet owners to get their pets fixed. The solution to the problem of the shelter being brought litter after litter after litter is easy. If everyone would get their pets fixed, the shelter’s intake would be cut dramatically. There wouldn’t be this endless supply of unwanted and unloved babies.

This group was discussing the responses they have heard from people that they were encouraging to get their pets spayed or neutered. They run the gamut from, “I don’t want to take away his manhood,” to, “I don’t want her to get fat.”

In my opinion, one of these excuses is just as ridiculous as the next. To me they all seem like excuses for irresponsible pet ownership. The bottom line for our shelter, and animal shelters everywhere, is that the heartbreaking killing of healthy adoptable animals will stop when people stop allowing so many to be born. It’s just that simple. If local pet owners want this to be a no-kill community they must do their part and get their pets spays and neutered.

The perfect metaphor for the way folks blame the shelter instead of themselves for the euthanasia of homeless pets is that “it’s like blaming the janitor when a drunk pukes in the corner.” Gross, I know, but that really says it.

On Oct. 13, CTSAC will hold its annual fundraiser to raise money for the spay/neuter fund. This fund is not for our adoptable dogs and cats; it’s for pets owned by low-income community members. Much of the money to fund our spay/neuter voucher program comes from grants, but 100 percent of the proceeds from our Spay-ghetti dinner also goes into that fund. Getting pets fixed costs money, and as we have funding, vouchers are available to anyone who otherwise would not be able to afford to get their pets fixed. Buying tickets to the Spay-ghetti dinner is a painless and delicious way to help fund this important program. The dinner is coming up on Oct. 13 and the tickets are only $10.

For more information, call Carren at 325-646-0617 or stop by and see us at 3016 Milam Drive. We are open for adoptions and lost pet searches Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. We are open for animal intake Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.