Alternatives to pet population control
August 23, 2006
Dear Editor:I think mandatory spay neuter is extreme for handling over population of pets. There are certainly steps that can be taken that will put everyone on a more even playing field and be less punitive. I would rather see laws introduced that are enforcable and easy to monitor. This can be done in a positive light.This would include either starting or increasing education and awareness of this problem in the Aspen area. This could include involvement with the media in highlighting the over population and alerting the public to dogs and cats available at the shelters.A low cost or even free spay/neuter clinic would also be no less cost than hiring extra city workers to find and take away unneutered animals. This clinic could be highly publicized and put in an easily assessable location.The worst case scenario to mandatory spay/neuter is having city workers taking people’s pets away, and where would they go? To the city pounds and shelters … which would fill them up rather quickly? And how many people would need to be hired to accomplish this? And how many more pets would be put to sleep? And without low cost spay/neuter clinics, this would be become a class issue, based on affordability.I think most people want to spay and neuter their pets. I propose that instead, we make this easier for them, in affordability and location.This is less punitive, more positive and will help educate the public. They will also react from this with a positive attitude, rather than fear or anger. Let’s not punish our senior citizens, lower income people and instead help them to learn more about this and make it accessible and to a good deed for their pet and community.This is truly a ‘win-win’ solution.Karen BrinkleyLouisville, Ky.