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Happy Tails column: Help pets by spaying, neutering

4:57 PM, Jun. 14, 2013  |  Comments
Breanna Speth
Breanna Speth
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With their tiny pink paws, darling little tails and sweet furry faces, there are few joys in life greater than a puppy. Unfortunately, not all puppies have the opportunity to grow into healthy, happy dogs.

Nationwide every year, millions of dogs of all ages are euthanized or suffer as strays. This reality can make a person feel helpless, sad and overwhelmed.

Fortunately, there is something every pet owner can do to help remedy this tragic reality. Having a pet spayed or neutered has numerous health benefits, can help remedy behavioral issues and helps combat pet overpopulation and all of the sad problems that come with it.

Low-cost options are available here in central Wisconsin, and the cost of the surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.

When Rosalita "Rosie" was rescued from a hoarding situation and taken to Clark County Humane Society, she was pregnant with a litter of puppies. Brought in with a group of other small dogs, Rosie was healthy and sweet. While her dog friends were spayed and neutered, as all age-appropriate animals at CCHS are, Rosie, being pregnant, was placed into a foster home to have her babies.

The puppy birth was an incredible miracle to watch, as were the next eight weeks of development. As cute as the Doxie/Chihuahua mixes were as they grew up, opened their eyes, learned to play, groom and talk, the best feeling was the knowledge that these four puppies were the last that Rosie ever would have.

Today, Rambo, Rapunzel, Raven and Ringo are enjoying life in their respective forever homes, as is their newly spayed mother.

Extensive research reveals that spaying leads to a longer, healthier life for a female pet, decreases the chances of uterine infections and breast cancer and eliminates their potential to contribute to pet overpopulation. As Rosie's new owner, I couldn't be happier with that information.

If the euthanasia of millions of healthy dogs and cats nationwide every year makes you sad, make sure all the pets you know are fixed. Having a pet altered is an easy and affordable way to help Clark County Humane Society and the entire pet population.

Learn more at www.fixapet.org.

Watch Rosie's puppy birth video at YouTube.com/BreAtMCTV.

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