Coast Animal Activists Lobby For Tougher Spay/Neuter Laws

By Rebecca Powers - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -- Some South Mississippi animal activists are in Washington D.C. this week, hoping to convince Senators Cochran and Wicker to help enact tougher spay and neuter laws.

Last month alone, 1,700 cats and dogs were brought to the Humane Society in Gulfport. The shelter is inundated with animals, especially cats, who need homes.

Honey just beat the odds. As an adult cat, she had only a three percent chance of being adopted. Thankfully, her new family wanted an adult cat.

"They already know where the litter box is at, so it's a lot easier. I absolutely love having adult cats," Athena Duncan said.

People usually want cute little kittens, but most of them don't make it either. Of every 100 kittens in shelters, only 20 will find homes. Long time animal specialist Kim Staton calls it an absolute tragedy that could be easily avoided.

"It's one of those problems in society that can be solved. People don't realize that letting their cat or their dog have one litter really does impact the number of animals that are put to sleep," Stanton said.

In just six years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an astounding 250,000 cats.

"So really the answer is people need to take responsibility for the pets they have. Get those animals spayed and neutered, get them vaccinated, keep them from running around loose," Stanton said. "It's sad. It's hard to know that these animals coming in don't all have good chances of coming back out."

The Humane Society of South Mississippi is working to make getting a pet spayed or neutered affordable for everyone. It's $40 for cats and $50 for dogs, and even less for low income families.

They say the procedure will actually make your pet healthier and give it a longer life expectancy.