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Ordinance needed for local pets

Dear Editor:Sheriff Lou Vallario’s statement regarding population control at the proposed Garfield County Animal Shelter, “we all realize that we are going to have to control the population through euthanasia,” may seem like the only answer to an ever-increasing problem (“County putting off new animal shelter for one to two years,” Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Aug. 18). However, there is a more humane, cost-effective solution.Garfield and surrounding counties must pass an ordinance that legislates mandatory spaying/neutering for all dogs and cats over the age of 6 months unless the guardian pays for an “unaltered license.”This ordinance would:- Fund spaying/neutering for guardians unable to pay for the service- Eliminate the majority of unwanted animals, thus eliminating the majority of population-control euthanasia- Drastically reduce the number of animals currently in the shelter system, thereby cutting the cost of county and private funding necessary to care and find homes for thousands of animals each yearThe American Humane organization estimates more than 9.6 million animals in the United States are euthanized annually (26,301 every day). There is a proven, better way.Across the U.S., many communities have mandated spaying and neutering or instituted differential licensing. To peruse more than 33 community policies, visit http://www.helpinganimals.com/res_lawspayord.asp.The policymakers of the Roaring Fork Valley need to mandate spaying/neutering and institute differential licensing. These are humane, tax-saving initiatives that are a win-win for animals and humans.Colorado Animal Rescue gladly offers the expertise of its staff and board to work with policymakers in developing these policies for our valley. Surely a progressive community such as ours can spearhead a tri-county initiative of this nature.Constance BakerCarbondaleColorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.)