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On Saturday, August 17, animal lovers around the world will come together to observe International Homeless Animals’ Day 2013 in an effort to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic.

In the Immortal Words of Bob Barker …

The first line of defense when it comes to reducing the unwanted pet population is having your animals spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering are affordable, routine procedures that can prevent thousands (if not millions) of unwanted animals from being born into a life of struggle, abuse, and euthanasia.

According to PETA (People for the Humane and Ethical Treatment of Animals), “just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only 6 years. In 7years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens.” Multiply that by the thousands of cats and dogs that go without the procedure every year, and the resulting numbers are staggering.

Forever Family

While spaying and neutering animal’s helps to keep the problem of unwanted animals at bay, there are still countless pets in need of their Forever Family living in shelters in Naperville, across the country, and indeed the world.

However they have ended up in their circumstance, homeless pets are all heart. So many began as that adorable little fluff ball we crave. But sadly, they became lost, possibly abused or neglected, or eventually abandoned. Now these once-upon-a-time pets are desperately hoping to once again be someone’s “good dog,” or “pretty kitty.”

Whatever your reason for bringing a pet into your family, adopting a homeless animal from a shelter or other rescue agency saves the life of a wonderful and loving cat or dog (or bird, snake, horse, rabbit, etc.).

Local Adoptions

At Naperville Animal Hospital, we encourage shelter adoptions whole-heartedly. Every week our website highlights an adoptable Pet of the Week from the Naperville Area Humane Society and profiles many more.

For more information on the Naperville Area Human Society, please visit www.napervilleareahumanesociety.org. To learn more about International Homeless Animals’ Day 2013, please visit http://www.isaronline.org. Together, we can make a difference for the homeless pets of Naperville and beyond.