ASPCA, working with ten NYC based rescue groups, has just pulled thirty-seven cats from a woman's one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. This is a woman who started out with two unaltered cats and ended up with thirty-seven cats and kittens. Why? Because unaltered cats will have sex and get pregnant. It's called breeding and the only way to prevent it is to have our cats and dogs spayed and neutered. Abstinence training doesn't work on animals, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't work on people either.
Professionals are calling this a hoarding situation, but it is a situation that would have been entirely avoided had this woman taken her cats to one of the dozens of free or low cost spay/neuter clinics in the city. You can read some articles about the rescue operation here and here.
Please, please, please be a responsible pet owner. Give your pet the happy life it deserves. Irresponsible breeding is not cute or fun and it isn't even necessarily healthy for your pet. The only thing it does is put to unwanted pets into shelters. In this case, ASPCA and ten other rescue groups are taking responsibility for the cats - Tail At A Time has even been able to take in a momma and her litter of kittens - so this story has a happy ending. But many do not.
For more information on free and low cost spay/neuter clinics in NYC, click here and here.
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