Make pet spay and neuter mandatory

I spent over 10 years in the city of Everett, with my two wonderful basset hounds. I donated to the animal shelter monthly with a check, as I did not have any hours to spare. During that time I just assumed that all animals at the shelter were being spayed or neutered upon adoption. I found out this was not the case. I was very angry and disillusioned.

I hope by now this practice has changed and spaying and neutering is part of the adoption process. It angers me to no end to read the ads in The Herald from breeders selling puppies, while dogs are euthanized daily at local shelters.

When will the state pass a law making it mandatory to spay and neuter dogs and cats? Obviously, the public has not taken responsibility for the thousands of unwanted animals. Like seat belts and helmet laws, we cannot depend on reasonably intelligent people to act in a reasonable intelligent way. That is why we keep passing new laws. Let’s do something to really make a difference, and make it a criminal offense to allow adult dogs and cats to continue to reproduce. I don’t see any other way that the practice of killing unwanted animals will ever end.

Linda Varon


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