Lovelorn humans aren’t the only target that Cupid is aiming for this time of year. It’s nearly spring, and love is in the air for unaltered dogs and cats looking for a partner.
In recognition of February as National Spay & Neuter Month, the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) is offering a limited number of FREE spay/neuter surgeries for both dogs and cats on Saturday, March 3.
Over four million homeless pets are put down in shelters across the country every year simply because of pet overpopulation. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats. In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs.
Help solve pet overpopulation by taking a small step – don’t allow your pets to breed. Here are a few other suggestions to aid in keeping pets happy, healthy and singular:
Keep Your Pet Indoors
Leaving a dog outside for long periods of time unsupervised, especially if he is chained or tethered (fastened to a stationary object or a stake), deprives the animal of companionship, care, and exercise. A free-roaming cat is likely to live less than three years, while indoor-only cats are likely to live 12-15 years.
ID Your Pets
It is required by law for all dog and cat owners in Milwaukee County to license their pets – and if it gets lost or escapes from your home, a “tagged” animal is much easier to reunite with his/her owner. Always keep a collar on your pet, and be sure to have a current rabies tag, pet license tag, and I.D. tag attached to your pet’s collar. Also make sure that your pet has a microchip (permanent identification) in case its I.D. tag breaks or falls off. MADACC provides this service low-cost for $25, which includes registration. Microchipping pets is a simple, inexpensive way to permanently identify your pet.
Dogs and cats can’t add or subtract, but they sure can multiply. Help prevent pet overpopulation while saving the lives of unwanted animals in the process. Contact MADACC at 414-649-8640 to reserve space for your pet’s FREE spay or neuter on Saturday, March 3.
MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary, and humane care for nearly 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin. MADACC provides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets and is open seven days a week, including evening hours on weekdays. MADACC also offers low-cost spay/neuter assistance, rabies vaccinations, and micro-chipping services.
MADACC works with over 75 area shelters and rescue groups to place animals into adoption programs so they have a second chance at finding a permanent, caring home. Dogs and cats that are eligible for placement but have not been taken in by a shelter or rescue group are available for adoption directly from MADACC.
For more information, visit www.madacc.com or call 414-649-8640.