"Fix A Kitty" Low-Cost Sterilization
Program for Cats
$20 Sterilization for cats of low income cat guardians.
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Education is the key to enhancing the community's
awareness of the animal overpopulation crisis and its causes and
effects. Animal Guardians of Brevard attempts to provide educational
information in several ways.
For example, we distribute brochures about responsible
pet guardianship around the county. We provide information through the
radio and print media. We collaborated with Florida Today's Newspapers in
Education Program on an educational publication for distribution to
elementary school children around the county.
Animal Guardians of Brevard
believes that the
animal overpopulation problem will not end until people become responsible
pet guardians. That means choosing the right pet, knowing what costs
are involved, getting him/her
sterilized, and providing a safe and loving, permanent home. It means adopting a pet FOR
the other major factor, besides uncontrolled reproduction, contributing to
shelter overcrowding. Shelters, like breeding facilities and pet
stores, can be very hazardous places where crowded conditions heighten the
risk for contagious illnesses. While usually curable, most shelters
lack the resources to treat most sick animals.
Even the cutest,
sweetest, nicest purebred puppy or kitten runs a high risk of being
euthanized. Whether or not a shelter has adequate space,
an animal that becomes
ill is usually euthanized to prevent the spread of disease. Competition is
stiff for the few available homes since only about 18% of people get their
pets from shelters. So when you adopt from a shelter you really do save
The reasons given for turning pets in are often
problems that could be overcome with a minimum of effort. The top
reasons for turning in pets are moving, allergies, and behavioral
problems. Before relinquishing your pet,
try to find a GOOD, SAFE home for your
pet. After all, if you don't want him/her anymore, why should s/he have
a better chance at a shelter?
is no excuse to leave the children
behind, yet many feel it is perfectly OK to leave pets behind. Some do
not even bring them to shelters and they are left to die from thirst or starvation in a closed
home or wander the streets as
strays. There they suffer miserably as they face a host of
hazards including starvation, accidents, poisoning, cruelty, and even being
picked up and sent to a lab for experimentation.
Domestic dogs AND CATS are not equipped to face life on their
own. That's why they're called "domestic."
There is an ever increasing number of pet
friendly living accommodations and rental
information sources. Many places will make an exception for the well-behaved pet of a
can often be mitigated by simply
keeping the pet out of the bedroom, avoiding carpeted floors, cleaning well,
using HEPA filters and over-the-counter medications. Recent research shows that children
living in homes with pets have a lower incidence of asthma and allergies, and
other benefits of having pets are well-documented.
Behavioral problems often result from failure to
train the animal when young and so s/he never learns what is expected.
There are no bad animals. "Bad" animals are frightened, in
pain, protecting their basic needs such as food, or trained by humans to
behave a certain way such as to fight.
However it's never
too late to give a pet a chance and good behavioral training for cats
and dogs can
work wonders with a pet.
Other more pathetic excuses for throwing away
living creatures include: too small, too big, too young, too old, puppy too
playful, dog too lazy, kitten too energetic, cat sleeps too much, gets on the bed, doesn't get on the bed,
doesn't match the furniture, etc. And some just don't want
"it" anymore. It's a crime.
COMPANION ANIMALS ARE NOT
DISPOSABLE. THEY ARE LIVING, FEELING CREATURES JUST LIKE PEOPLE.
OR YOUR DOG!!!
Misinformation and "old
are also common reasons for relinquishing pets. A very common myth
surrounds cats and pregnancy. This myth
that a cat should not be in the home with a pregnant woman or the fetus may be
harmed by toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is almost nonexistent in cats
kept indoors, and a few simple precautions will prevent any problems with any
cats. It is NOT A VALID REASON to relinquish a cat.
Traveling??? Find pet-friendly
hotels when you must travel for business, pleasure, or even evacuate for
a hurricane or other catastrophe.
Our pets ask so little from us and in return they
provide so much joy. It is our responsibility to keep them safe and
return just a little of the love they so freely give to us.
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VARIETY OF HELPFUL INFORMATION.
to Pets 1
to Pets 2
Pet Preparedness 1
Pet Preparedness 2
a Home for Your Pet 1
a Home for Your Pet 2
Up Your Pet
with Pets 1
with Pets 2
Pets and New Babies
a Beloved Pet/Grief/Support
Personnel and Temporary Pet Care
For Your Pets After Your Death
the right Pet and the Introduction
and Neutering - Why?
and Neutering at Early Age
Eating Habits/ Eating Weird Stuff
Cats - Aggressive Behavior Toward People
Cats - Aggressive Behavior
Toward Other Pets
Bringing Home a New Cat
the Right Cat
Destructive Scratching in
Kittens and Understanding Them
Kittens Playing Too Rough
Pregnancy and Cats
Aggressive Behavior in
Bringing Home a New Dog
Canine Escape Artists
the Right Dog
Destructive Chewing in Dogs
Dog Training 1
Dog Training 2
Puppies Who Nip