Sterilize or euthanize?

The Daviess County Animal Shelter took in 5,547 dogs and cats in 2009.
Half of the animals found new homes.
Half didn’t and were euthanized.
“If we don’t get serious about spaying and neutering, we’ll have that many or more every year,” says Ashley Clark, director of Daviess County Animal Control.
Adoption fees at the shelter — $60 for male dogs, $70 for females, $50 for male cats and $60 for females — include sterilization, rabies vaccination and, in the case of dogs, tags.
“About three out of four dogs and one out of four cats find homes,” Clark said. “We have several rescue groups that find homes out of state for dogs.”
The shelter, she said, takes in a lot more cats than dogs.
“We’re trying to reduce our euthanasia rates,” Clark said. “The only way to do that is to increase spaying and neutering.”

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