What a population explosion we are experiencing in the St. Louis area! Due to this mild winter, kitten season started early. We have been getting calls non-stop from the community, local animal controls and fellow rescues about kittens or pregnant mamas needing placement.
While the little fuzzy kittens are adorable, we would love to see less of them during kitten season. Please encourage spay and neuter of pets. Here are some resources for you or those you might know that offer low cost spay/neuter programs!
Below are some great reasons from metroanimal.org regarding spay/neuter:
- Spaying a female before the first heat greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, which is usually fatal. It is not beneficial for an animal to go through one heat cycle, or to have one litter.
- Neutering reduces aggression; it does not make an animal fearful or fat or lazy.
- Spayed and neutered animals are less likely to run off and fight.
- Animals that don’t fight don’t get injured – they also don’t get fatal diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – Feline AIDS) which is spread by bites.
- If your female dog or cat is spayed, the neighborhood males and strays won’t park outside your house, barking or yowling.
- Male cats neutered before sexual maturity very rarely spray – a form of territory marking. If your unneutered cat is spraying, neutering provides the best chance of stopping the behavior.
- Neutered males don’t have that stinky tom-cat smell or strong-smelling urine
In order to help the current kitten population get adopted so we can continue to help more, beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2012 through Labor Day 2012, we will run a kitten special! Adopt a kitten, get a cloth carrier (while supplies last).
Interested in a pair, we’ll adopt a second kitten to you for only $100 – that’s $25 off the normal adoption fee.
Brooks – 6 month-old Fox Terrier mix puppy. Needs work on housebreaking and basic training.
Mack – 5 y/o Mastiff mix. Needs to be with submissive dog as he is dominant. He is great with kids.
Spencer – 8 month-old Lab/Terrier mix. Need to be in a positive foster home who can help him with his fear.
Taz – 3 y/o Cattle Dog mix. Loves everyone – cats, dogs and kids!
Recently we have received comments from people about our foster application process. I just wanted to take a minute and explain why we do what we do!
First, we must have all fosters complete the foster application. This collects some basic information: name, address, household members. This is required by the Department of Agriculture that we have record of our foster homes. This application information allows us to review to make sure there are no breed restrictions in the residence area and the foster or individuals living in the home do not have any animal welfare citations.
Second, we check 2 provided personal reference and a veterinarian reference. The personal references are good because it gives us additional insight into foster habits with pets. The veterinarian reference is very important for 2 reasons. We need to ensure there are no concerns with resident pets and that resident pets are up-to-date on vaccinations. The pets we rescue have unknown medical histories much of the time, so we want to make sure our fosters’ own pets have the defense they need against potential illnesses.
Finally, the home visit. We do the home visit because we want to know what sort of environment our pets are going into for their stay with STLPR. Trust me, we are not looking to make sure the laundry is folded and the silver polished! We just want to make sure the potential foster home will be a safe and comfortable place!
There were additional comments about if the pets are going to be put down, why not just get them placed with anyone willing to take them. Unfortunately, in Missouri, pet overpopulation is a serious issue. We want to make sure our foster pets go into home where they will be kept indoors (dogs only outdoors with proper containment and supervision), fed a healthy diet and monitored for any health issues that might arise, and if they do, take them to the affiliated vet asap! Our region has been plagued with individuals ‘adopting’ pets off of Craigslist or signing up to foster with rescue organizations, then selling the pets to laboratories for testing.
Thank you for understanding our process so we can safely rescue the pets in need!
Visit our foster page for more information or to find out how you can become a foster.
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