Help Stop Animal Hoarders, Spay and Neuter Your Dogs and Cats
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Starting Feb. 1, San Francisco residents can take their dogs and cats to get fixed for free through the end of the month. It's the first time the agency has offered a whole month off free spay and neutering.
But a month is necessary, considering that the pet overpopulation problem isn't easing up at all. Nationally, we've seen a 14 percent spike in the number of sweet dogs and cats killed at shelters because they cannot find homes.
In San Francisco, euthanasia has dropped by as much as 4 percent for dogs, according to the SPCA. That's in part because of the shelter's aggressive messaging on spaying and neutering. Still, 129 dogs and cats were euthanized at the shelter in 2009.
"There is always an overpopulation problem," said Jennifer Lu, spokeswoman with the SPCA. "We are trying to lower the number of pets that enter our shelters."