Your healthy, happy pet! |

Your healthy, happy pet!

Summit Cove fifth-graders Aubree Galbraith, Rachel Smith, Kim Gomez, Cheyenne Gregory and Alex Weaver
Special to the Daily

There are many ways to take care of your pets and prevent the overpopulation of pets. One way to keep your pet healthy is to spay or neuter them. If you neuter/spay (fix) your pet, they can live a longer and happier life. They will also make better companions. Dogs and cats can be neutered and spayed as early as eight weeks. Another way to care for your pet is to have your pet wear a name tag. Thousands of animals are brought into a shelter without a name tag. Identification is critical for protection of your pet. Micro-chipping your animal is a way to keep track of your animal, but doesn’t replace having a tag. Obedience training is as essential as proper exercise and diet. Well-trained pets are less likely to escape, cause problems in your neighborhood and will not be given up because of bad behavior. Other ways you can care for dogs and/or cats is to help your neighbor. If your neighbor is sick or having a hard time taking care of their pet(s) you can help them out a few times a week. This can include taking a dog for a walk or feeding a cat. If you find a dog or cat on the street you can have an adult take it to the animal shelter, thus saving its life. If the animal is not fixed, this will help stop unwanted puppies or kittens from being born. The shelter will fix dogs and cats before they get adopted. Also, bringing strays to the animal shelter prevents animals from being hit by cars. You may also put your money and time in where it counts. To end overpopulation we must make changes in our lives. For example, adopt an animal from the animal shelter. These are animals in need of a home. By doing this, you can help stop puppy mills, because mills sell their puppies to stores. You can also volunteer at a local animal shelter. You will enrich the shelter animal’s lives by getting them out of their kennels and have fun doing it! In fact, it is important to stop overpopulation and euthanization and keep your pet healthy and happy.

Call the shelter for more info about adoptions, spay/voter vouchers, LAPS financial assistance and other possible options for spaying or neutering your pet.

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