"To Speak For Those That Can Not"
Mem, TN, USA
female, age 37
Speaks: Sign Language (American), Arabic, English
Joined Mar 30, 2007
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Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering
Low cost or free spay/neuter programs
MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth—which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion—the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.
MYTH: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost—a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.
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NATIONWIDEFriends of Animals
777 Post Road, Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820
Web site: www.friendsofanimals.org
Friends of Animals will send you an order form and a directory of participating veterinarians nationwide. You pay Friends of Animals for a certificate which you then take to the vet. Veterinarians are invited to call for information about participating.
North Shore Animal League Intl.
14 Vanderventer Ave., Suite L-1
Port Washington, NY 10050
Call Spay/USA to get the names, phone numbers, and prices of services that have agreed to provide lower cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs in your local area. Private veterinarians, community programs, and special clinics participate nationwide.
If your area needs additional spay/neuter services, request Spay/USA's packet of materials to distribute to local vets and organizations. www.spayusa.org
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we still live.
"A good man takes care of his animals, but wicked men are cruel to theirs." Proverbs 12:10
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Jan 31, 1978
Sign Language (American),
||Animal Whisperer, In Tune With The Animals, Passionate, Quiet, Sensitive
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Christian - Jehovah's Witness
|Wild Fact About Me
||Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction
||to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step - Jer 10:23 - WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE
|What Gives Me Hope
||"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do."
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||"The central fact of my life has been the existence of words and the possibility of weaving those words into poetry." (Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo)
|What/who changed my life and why
||"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."
Carl Jung - Swiss psychologist (1875 - 1961)
|What Bugs Me
Apathy Lazy Indifference,
A heart of ICE,
Inner Driven People,
Sensitive caring people,
People of the Bible,
|What Scares Me
APATHY AND INDIFFERENCE
Those with Morals/Values,
Those passionate 4 Animals
||Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid - Until it comes to fighting for the animals. Then I am The Amazon!
Medicine / Health Care,
New Words Translation Holy Scriptures,
Preziozo In My Mind,
Wyclef Jean and the Fugees,
STEVE IRWIN (R.I.P)
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Does Anyone Really Read This Stuff?
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