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How to save many lives of cats, dogs

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webmaster | 01/10/12

Spay and neuter — three little words that can save thousands of lives.

Every year, thousands of dogs and cats are put to sleep simply because there are not enough loving homes for them. Spaying and neutering not only decreases this problem, it also makes for a better pet. They don’t wander, are less likely to bite and can live two to three years longer by simply being spayed or neutered. They are less likely to get mammary tumors and testicular cancers, as animals can get certain types of cancers just like humans do.

By getting your animal spayed or neutered, it shows that you are a responsible pet owner. There are many venues available to pet owners who wish to get their animals altered. One option is the local nonprofit organization, Friends of the Madera Animal Shelter, also known as FMAS. They offer low cost spay and neuter vouchers for Madera County low income residents for only a $20 co-pay for dogs and $15 co-pay for cats. Information for this program can be obtained by calling the Madera County Animal Shelter at 675-7891. Funds for this program are limited, so inquire soon.

Stop the unnecessary destruction of innocent animals. Get your pet spayed or neutered. Your pet will live longer, be happier and healthier, and you will have peace of mind knowing you have done your part to help stop the pet overpopulation problem.

Trina Acello, 


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