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The “Miracle of Birth” Revisited

It’s spring, and that means shelters and rescues will be overflowing with puppies and kittens. People are on the side of the road offering puppies and kittens. Craigslist and newspapers are full of ads for free puppies and kittens.  And then there’s the feral kittens and stray puppies. *sigh*

Today’s repeat blog talks about realities of what faces many of those puppies and kittens.

Some Cold Hard Facts About the “Miracle of Birth”

If you’re looking for spay/neuter programs, here are a few resources:

The North Shore Animal League’s SpayUSA website can help you locate clinics in the US.

I did some digging around online but wasn’t able to find many resources outside the US.  If you’re in Canada, Greece, Italy, or the UK, check out NeuterSpay.org for some resources.

About Jen and the Furries

Hello and welcome. I’m a 50 something woman who’s probably awake when she should be sleeping. Oh, and there are animals, because who doesn’t have pets?


44 thoughts on “The “Miracle of Birth” Revisited

  1. We have a huge problem where we live of people breeding puppies to sell so that they can buy drugs!

    Posted by Tandy | April 17, 2012, 1:19 AM
  2. When I lived in California, there were strays everywhere! I’m sure there still are. Unfortunately, the local CL’s been full of pets recently. There’s so many people wanting puppies but rehomes them once they get older. It’s a sad truth.

    Without insurance, spay costs can be pretty high but I think shelters do it for $25.

    Posted by learningdog | April 17, 2012, 1:27 AM
    • Here in TN we have shelters that are, by law, supposed to spay/neuter an animal before adopting it out, but that has not always taken place in some of them. So I’m not always hip on dealing with shelters.

      Posted by rumpydog | April 17, 2012, 5:50 AM
  3. Puppy and kitten mills, pet shops and unlicensed breeders need to go 😦

    Posted by EllaDee | April 17, 2012, 1:33 AM
  4. You are right Rumpy. Keep up the good work!

    Posted by Bluejellybeans | April 17, 2012, 2:23 AM
  5. We agree…keep up the good work…these things are just awful and something must be done to stop all of this useless breeding!!

    Posted by bichonpawz | April 17, 2012, 2:44 AM
  6. Great reminder Rumpy. We have so many strays here in the Republic of Georgia and very little resources to tackle the problem 😦

    Posted by Bassas Blog | April 17, 2012, 2:57 AM
  7. Spring is always a bad time here in New Zealand. My daughter’s best friend is a vet nurse and they are always inundated with kittens left on their door. I have had a few of them here when they were too young to actually be away from Mum and needed bottle feeding but all the vets and nurses were overloaded. It is such an unnecessary situation.

    Posted by Jo Bryant | April 17, 2012, 4:04 AM
  8. Oh no….how terrible to hear that those puppies and kittens might be a bait for fighter dogs. Very scary…..I wanna spread this post to lots lots of people(including vets) to get down the number of poor pups and kitties.
    In my neighborhood, there are a few vets who don’t accept feral kittens for spay/neuter programs or anything of them. Once my mom was looking for a vet who gives a neuter operation for a feral cat, some vets turned her down even though she told she’d pay for it!!! Can you believe it???

    Posted by eripanwkevin | April 17, 2012, 4:43 AM
  9. Yes, it’s very sad Kevin, but ferals need to be neutered too. 😦

    Posted by rumpydog | April 17, 2012, 5:45 AM
  10. I just recently watched a couple of docus on people who breed dogs in the UK and the Kennel Club’s egregious agreement with designer dogs. It made me sick to the stomach. Some of these breeders don’t care about animals at all. They are only for show. Made me want to go out immediately and adopt a pooch from the rescue centre!!!

    Posted by CATachresis | April 17, 2012, 5:49 AM
    • Sounds similar to what happens here in the horse industry. Breed! Breed! Breed! and then breed some more to find the perfect show horse? And what happens to the rest of the horses? Well, that’s why they’re voting in our state legislature as to whether or not to open a horse slaughter plant here.

      Posted by rumpydog | April 17, 2012, 5:52 AM
  11. Rumpy, your posts have not been appearing on my WordPress Reader, even though I was following. I’ve ‘unfollowed’ and followed again to see if that fixes it.

    Posted by Bassas Blog | April 17, 2012, 6:54 AM
  12. i wish it was law, that every pet owner had to spay or neuter. so many poor animals laid to rest because of people’s stupidity

    Posted by terry1954 | April 17, 2012, 8:38 AM
  13. I am always so sorry to hear about thingys like this.

    Posted by Frankie Furter and Ernie | April 17, 2012, 9:27 AM
  14. How very sad! 😦

    Posted by Bassetmomma | April 17, 2012, 9:57 AM
  15. Great resources. My daughter was just telling me in Monterey CA that the low cost clinic is still $80 for a neuter! Sometimes $80 is a lot of money!

    Posted by Jodi Stone | April 17, 2012, 11:34 AM
  16. Reblogged this on delia1979.

    Posted by delia1979 | April 17, 2012, 12:22 PM
  17. I can only reiterate what Bob Barker always closed his program with ‘remember to spay and neuter your pets’. A neighbor of ours didn’t but fortunately we have one of the miracles of birth. btw we neutered our little gift.

    Posted by PC PHOTO | April 17, 2012, 12:27 PM
  18. Poor puppies and kittens- born into a world of such uncertainty. Only the lucky ones survive. So sad! I try not to think about it too intensely because they are all so beautiful and precious.

    Posted by Russell Smith | April 17, 2012, 12:37 PM
  19. You are so right ..Rumpy you da man ..er da Dog!! xx

    Posted by willowdot21 | April 17, 2012, 1:08 PM
  20. Rumpy…this is such an excellent blog entry. You need to run it every spring to remind people about the realities of too many unwanted animals and to be responsible about spaying and neutering their pets. Pets live longer and healthier lives when they don’t need to worry about having litters, too.

    Anyone who thinks it’ll be good for their children to witness The Miracle of Birth…or for their pet to have “just one litter”…needs also to go to their local shelter and take a tour of the euthanasia room to see the end result for so many of the kittens and puppies. Maybe it would make them think twice!!

    Here in Sacramento, California, there are all kinds of inexpensive options for people to get their pets spayed and neutered. There are clinics where low-income families can have it done for as little as $5 or $10…or in some cases even free! So nobody has an excuse!

    Posted by Annabelle Essert (@RainbowCatsx8) | April 17, 2012, 2:58 PM
  21. Hey Rumpy, Jet here. Perfect timing for this repost… thank you.

    Posted by heyitsjethere | April 17, 2012, 8:36 PM
  22. A timely message. Hope people listen up and take the proper action.

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | April 17, 2012, 9:05 PM
  23. Puppies and kitties are cute and sweet but people need to be responsible.. Thank you for addressing this area Rumpy…

    Posted by Roberta | April 17, 2012, 11:10 PM
  24. So sad. =[
    I used to foster for the humane society and my first foster kitten was a little one who had been attacked by some critter. He was abandoned in a box on my mother’s doorstep with an obviously shattered hind leg. When I phoned to surrender him, they told me they were full and he would be euthanized unless a foster could be found.
    I became his foster.
    He had his leg amputated and found a wonderful home.
    I fostered many an abandonded cat and kitten during my time volunteering and I will definately do it again when I once again have the space.

    Spay and neuter is all I can say. Spay and neuter!

    Posted by pennypup | April 20, 2012, 7:44 PM
  25. This is a wonderful service, SpayUSA! Thank you for making it so easy to get information about low-cost participating vets near me!

    Posted by granbee | April 23, 2012, 1:25 PM

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