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Bald Knob Arkansas Animal Shelter Needs YOUR Help!

Posted by Heather Wiegel on

For the love of all that is holy, PLEASE help Bald Knob. Adopt a dog from them ASAP to give that poor pooch a loving, happy fur-ever home. THIS kind of thing is why we donate $1 from each product sold to our chosen charities - a dollar doesn't sound like much, but it adds up. Our profits are about $3 per t-shirt or mug, a bit more for things like the metal signs, but the tips and dollars add up fast. So while it doesn't sound like much, it truly is, and can make a difference between a dog or cat having a home or ending up dead. There should be no reason that a healthy and adoptable animal has to be euthanized to make room for other healthy and adoptable animals, simply because they've been at a shelter for "too long," and their time is up to be adopted. That is unacceptable as an outcome for these wonderful creatures who ask so little and give so much.

This truly breaks my heart. With so many shelters offering low-cost spay/neuter clinics on a regular basis, there is NO EXCUSE for not having your pets altered. If you don't or can't do so for whatever reason, it is inherent upon you to ensure that they DO NOT REPRODUCE.

Let's put it this way. You think, oh come on, a couple litters a year is nothing. Getting my dog or cat fixed isn't going to help that much, is it? WRONG. Dogs and cats reach sexual maturity at four to six months of age. In the female, it is known as coming into season, or coming into heat. Assuming your pet has only two litters per year, with only four offspring from each litter surviving until they reach sexual maturity, and those offspring each have two litters per year with four offspring from each litter surviving until they reach sexual maturity....

In a mere SEVEN YEARS TIME, your single dog or cat will have over four hundred and twenty-five THOUSAND descendants. Does that start to sound like a problem to you? Because it sure sounds like a major problem to me.

So please get your pets spayed or neutered as early as you can. Most vets will do the surgery at four months or four pounds, whichever is reached first. Some still require six months or six pounds. Either way, PLEASE get your pets altered so this kind of thing can eventually be stopped. Those of us who work in animal advocacy in any way literally dream of the day when shelters, rescues, and fosters are no longer needed. We dream of the day when these highly adoptable animals are no longer put to death simply for the "crime" of not having a fur-ever home.

As always, adopt, don't shop. If you can't adopt, foster or rescue. If you can't do those, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, donate. If you can't even donate, please at least advocate and be a voice for the voiceless.