“ It is only natural that as the human population rises, so does the number of companion animals. This does not mean that pet-overpopulation is a myth. If we accept that there are now more humans, and subsequently more animals, but that there are not enough people willing to adopt this increase in animals, then it is reasonable to say that there are too many unwanted animals. This in and of itself, defines pet overpopulation.”
More than 30 % of cats sheltered are feral – 3,480 in FY2007
99 % of feral cats were unclaimed and euthanized
More than 75 % of friendly cats went unclaimed and/or unadopted
Those euthanized in 2007 would amount to 35 miles of animals if placed nose to tail… The number of unwanted animals euthanized in the last 30 years, in Palm Beach County alone, would span the length of our State. 06/07/09
Implementation of ordinance to require Spaying and Neutering of all cats and dogs countywide with exclusions for veterinarian documented medical exemption, registered show dogs/cats, and/or permitted and approved breeders who apply for and obtain a license to breed; and
Require Breeding Permit for all dogs and cats countywide with penalties for non-permitted breeding.
Monitoring e-mail chatter and countering with effective political strategy
Embracing assistance from varying philosophies
Switching from using the word “mandatory” to the phrase “ordinance of choice”…
So, what finally passed? 06/07/09 Who says neutered dogs have no balls??
May 2008, PBC’s Sterilization and Breeding regulation Ordinances passed with a 5 to 1 vote
Ordinance requires dog/cat owners to s/n unless the pet falls into an exclusionary status. An owner may opt out of sterilization but must pay higher fees and may not breed unless a breeding permit is applied for and approved.