It’s a sad day for the animals in Houston. I just got word that Saving Animals Across Borders has closed and is filing for bankruptcy. Saving Animals operated a spay/neuter clinic I recently used for a foster dog.

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming, based on a recent article in the Chronicle.

Luckily, there are other discount spay/neuter clinics in the greater Houston area.

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Great V-Day Gift from SNAP

January 15, 2008

SNAP is offering to spay female cats free on February 14, 2008. This is open to the whole community, but an appointment is required. I’ve had great luck having several animals fixed at SNAP.

Even if you can’t get an appointment on the free day, their regular spay/neuter rates for dogs and cats are very reasonable. And there are plenty of other discount spay/neuter clinics in the Houston area.

I came across this article. It could not more closely match my feelings about breeding, spaying, and neutering pets.

Growing up in Midland, Texas, I had a neighbor who let their cat get pregnant so the neighborhood kids could experience the “miracle or birth.” Not long after, the kittens disappeared. I think I recall the neighbor telling all of us that all of the kitties had been taken to a good home. Years later, my Mom told the a-hole dumped those kittens out in the country. I always wondered why my parents didn’t care for those neighbors. Now I know.

Spaying and neutering pets is just as much a part of responsible pet ownership as feeding grooming, sheltering, and loving that pet.  The cost of the procedure is not an excuse. Here in Houston, as I’m sure there are in most larger cities, there are many inexpensive spay and neuter options. If you can’t afford to do this for your pet, you should consider not having a pet.

I hear people say how much they’d like to see area shelters be no kill. Me, too. But guess what?! It’s not possible when more and more unwanted animals are constantly being born to irresponsible owners. Many of these animals end up dying of disease or starvation or animal attacks or by human hands before they even end up in shelters. If they do end up in shelters, they have maybe a 20% chance of getting adopted. The rest are euthanized.

The cold hard truth. Puts a whole new twist on that whole witnessing the miracle of birth thing.