Guest Column: Help needed with pet overpopulation
Signs on bulletin boards or ads in the paper read, "Free to good home."
This common sight really indicates that yet another litter of unwanted puppies has been born and are ready to leave their mother - to be "gotten rid of."
Or, perhaps you or a friend live in a rural area and have experienced the extremely unpleasant phenomenon of having unwanted dogs "dumped" in your area to wander, become victims of predators, or die of thirst and hunger.
These are not Kingman's proudest moments, taken together with the knowledge that many puppies that are adopted in that "cute" phase will end up tied in someone's back yard, sweltering or shivering.
And eventually, when they aren't "cute" anymore, the dogs these puppies have become will often end up in the Western Arizona Humane Society's euthanasia room or, as strays, hit by a car or attacked by other animals.
Mutt Matchers and Friends organized a program two years ago to help stop this flow of unwanted dogs through our community.
It's called Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT). The idea behind SPOT is to supply spay or neuter surgeries to the owners of dogs who cannot afford the procedures.
With strict income guidelines, the service takes precautions to be sure that only those who have no other real alternative receive the service. Let's face it - people will have the dogs anyway.
It is mathematically possible, according to Stray Pet Advocacy, for an unspayed female and her unspayed, un-neutered descendants to be responsible for the births of up to 67,000 dogs within a six-year period.
But we need some help.
The funds to do this work have to be generated before they can go to our cooperating veterinarians to fund the surgeries.
Can you spare a donation to help our city break this ugly habit? Any donation would be so welcome!
If you help us, you can take satisfaction in knowing that you have taken steps to solve this problem in a very real way.
And please hurry - the numbers are not on our side.