Interesting article in the SFGate about contraception for pets. We are all aware, I think, of the necessity of spay and neuter programs, and unless you're an established breeder, I hope your pet is spayed and/or neutered.
The article in the SFGate begins, "After witnessing a heartbreaking number of stray dogs and cats during my recent travels to Nicaragua and Turkey, I have been wondering about the existence of safe and viable alternatives to traditional catch-and-release, surgical spay-and-neuter programs. (Do they exist? How do they work? Who is researching them?)" The writer, Ameilia Glynn, writes the Tails of the City column.
Her research discovered two organizations working on the contraception problem, in innovative ways. According to Found Animals Foundation and the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D), there is a "growing recognition among researchers and industry experts of the urgent need for birth control alternatives for cats and dogs." [quote and link taken from Glynn's article]
A link to a USA Today article, written by Sharon Peters, reveals a $25M offer to anyone - person or group - that can come up with "a safe, one-time non-surgical means to sterilize male and female cats and dogs"... with another $50M available to support the research. This is being offered by Gary Michelson, a retired surgeon interested in the health and welfare of pets - particularly overpopulation.
In "Inventor Michelson offers $75M for a way to sterilize pets" Peters writes, "Animal lover Michelson is convinced, like most animal-welfare experts, that if unwanted litters never materialized, U.S. shelters wouldn't be euthanizing 4 million to 6 million animals a year."
I can't argue with that. Can you? What can we do to help? I am thrilled to have discovered these two organizations... and to now have a way to participate in this program, if only by signing up to receive information and then being able to blog about it.
How about you? What will you do?