The leading cause of animal deaths

Guest post from York County SPCA:

“No other disease comes anywhere close to causing as many deaths as the disease of euthanasia. Fortunately, euthanasia is a disease with a cure. And the cure for animal overpopulation is prevention via sterilization.”

From the moment I heard those words, I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel for the thousands of animals we take in each year at the York County SPCA. That’s why the York County SPCA is thrilled to be selected by Humane Alliance as their partner, the only shelter in Pennsylvania!

By aggressively increasing the number of animal sterilizations we do every day -— every week, month and year -— euthanasia in York County will decline.

We didn’t just decide to do more surgeries. This partnership teaches our veterinarians state-of-the-art surgical techniques to do sterilizations faster, meaning more animals can be neutered in a day than we could ever do before.

York County has an animal overpopulation problem. And the York County SPCA does not want to solve that problem any longer with euthanasia.

In the spring and summer months, it is not unusual for us to receive 30 kittens a day, in addition to the normal count of dogs and cats entering shelter care. It is impossible to adopt out that many cats into our community -– especially when every other neighboring community has a similar problem.

Our staff is committed to animal care and finding new loving families for them. That’s why we are in this field. We simply refuse to keep euthanizing pets as the solution to this county’s problem. That’s why our new clinic and aggressive spay/neuter are so important.

York County has an animal overpopulation problem. Visit the SPCA and see for yourself.


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2 Responses to The leading cause of animal deaths

  1. Linda says:

    A friend and I were discussing one of the problems we see and hear about regarding the intake of stray animals and sometimes owner surrenders. I know it is an unending problem. She mentioned that she has heard people say that when they have tried taking a friendly stray in to surrender that they were told there is a fee for surrendering an owned pet when it really is a stray. I know some people will try to say that their pet is a stray. but if they are forced to pay they will do the alternative which for some animals is cruel also. They will take them and dump them on a farm or out in the country where they are subject to wild animals, starving, and possibly having babies because they aren’t spayed or neutered.

    • Donna says:

      I know people who surrender their own pet is charged but I’ve never been charged for turning in a stray and one year, I turned in 3 cats, 2 showed up on my porch and the other had been around the property for quite some time, it took me awhile to get him. Poor thing was loosing fur to fleas. They never charged me for turning in a stray/lost cat, and once I turned in a pit bull that greeted me at my car. Maybe it’s because I call ahead of time and leave a message.

      I wish there was an incentive from the city for landlords to allow pets on their rental property. If you have to move, it is difficult to find a place that allows pets.

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