**Don’t want to sterilize your pet? – WHY YOU CAN'T FIND A GOOD HOME FOR EVERY ONE**

by Chris van der Westhuizen

www.sadtc.co.za

**Chris & Christine run SA Dog Training College in the Klipriver area and are on of our Recommended Puppy Schools. CLICK HERE to find out more about the school.**

The statistics Chris has put together for us below are very, very real, and very frightening! We urge you - please sterilize your females - and please pass this article around in order that people can see what the actual reality could be. It is only by working together that we are share education and prevent so many unwanted pups that ulitmately end up in shelters due to a lack of homes available for them

The statistics Chris has put together for us below are very, very real, and very frightening! We urge you - please sterilize your females - and please pass this article around in order that people can see what the actual reality could be. It is only by working together that we are share education and prevent so many unwanted pups that ulitmately end up in shelters due to a lack of homes available for them

Do you believe you aren't adding to the pet overpopulation problem if you find good homes for all your pet's, puppies or kittens? Then consider this:

Suppose there are 10 families in your community that want puppies and can provide good homes for them, but there are 15 puppies who need good homes. When each of the 10 families take a puppy, there will be 5 "leftover". Puppies who have no future except for humane euthanasia.

Then suppose you let your dog have a litter of five puppies.

There are now 20 puppies in the community who need good homes... but still only 10 good homes available. Even if you manage to place every one of your five puppies with the 10 available good homes, there are now still 10 leftover puppies, where before there were only 5. You've created more animals, but you haven't created more homes - just taken some homes away from other puppies and kittens, dogs and cats. By allowing your pet to breed, you've increased the number of puppies that will have to be euthanazed because no one wants them.

Until breeding is limited to the point where there are more than enough good homes available for all the puppies and kittens being born in your community, you can't find a good home for every one!

Therefore if you do not have a highly pedigreed and excellent specimen of the breed and you do not intend to go into breeding professionally, have your pet sterilized. You have a few advantages when sterilizing;

* Males; don’t go wandering off so much.

* Males; don’t lift their leg all over the place so much anymore.

* Females; don't come into season and you don't have to ward off strange dogs from your property or place them in kennels.

* Females; become better watchdogs to a certain degree

* Females; stand less chance of developing mammary cancer.

Don't let your pets stray and walk around being a nuisance to everyone. If you don't have an adequately safe fenced property, don't keep a dog. Don't allow your pets to run the street and mate, have them sterilized.

Let us take a look at how well your two female dogs can produce in 8 years.

Let us be very, very conservative and work on the following figures.

Total Population Right Now = 2

Suppose there are 10 families in your community that want puppies and can provide good homes for them, but there are 15 puppies who need good homes. When each of the 10 families take a puppy, there will be 5 "leftover". Puppies who have no future except for humane euthanasia.

Then suppose you let your dog have a litter of five puppies.

There are now 20 puppies in the community who need good homes... but still only 10 good homes available. Even if you manage to place every one of your five puppies with the 10 available good homes, there are now still 10 leftover puppies, where before there were only 5. You've created more animals, but you haven't created more homes - just taken some homes away from other puppies and kittens, dogs and cats. By allowing your pet to breed, you've increased the number of puppies that will have to be euthanazed because no one wants them.

Until breeding is limited to the point where there are more than enough good homes available for all the puppies and kittens being born in your community, you can't find a good home for every one!

Therefore if you do not have a highly pedigreed and excellent specimen of the breed and you do not intend to go into breeding professionally, have your pet sterilized. You have a few advantages when sterilizing;

* Males; don’t go wandering off so much.

* Males; don’t lift their leg all over the place so much anymore.

* Females; don't come into season and you don't have to ward off strange dogs from your property or place them in kennels.

* Females; become better watchdogs to a certain degree

* Females; stand less chance of developing mammary cancer.

Don't let your pets stray and walk around being a nuisance to everyone. If you don't have an adequately safe fenced property, don't keep a dog. Don't allow your pets to run the street and mate, have them sterilized.

__Now lets say you have 2 female dogs!!__Let us take a look at how well your two female dogs can produce in 8 years.

Let us be very, very conservative and work on the following figures.

Total Population Right Now = 2

In Year 1:Let's say they produce four puppies twice a year. They would breed; 2 Female dogs X 4 Puppies each X 2 Times a year Total Population; 16 puppies + your two female dogs In Year 2:Let's say that half of the 16 puppies are female They would breed 8 Females X 4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their mothers would breed 2 X 4 X 2 puppies Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 2 + 18 + 80 In Year 3:Let's say that half of the 80 puppies are female They would breed 40 Females X 4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their mothers would breed 8 X 4 X 2 puppies "Their" mothers would breed 2 X 4 X 2 pups Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 400 + 98 In Year 4:Let's say that half of the 400 puppies are female They would breed 200 Females X 4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their mothers would breed 40 X 4 X 2 puppies "Their" mothers would breed 8 X 4 X 2 pups Their mothers would breed 2 X 4 X 2 pups Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 498 + 2000 In Year 5:Let's say that half of the 2000 puppies are female They would breed 1000 Females X 4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their ancestors will breed Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 2498 + 10000 Let's say that half of the 10000 puppies are femaleIn Year 6:They would breed 5000 Females X 4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their ancestors will breed Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 12498 + 50000 In Year 7:Let's say that half of the 50000 puppies are female They would breed 25000 Females X 4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their ancestors will breed Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 62498 + 250000 In Year 8:Let's say that half of the 250000 puppies are female They would breed 125000 Females X4 Pups X 2 Times a year Their ancestors will breed Giving you a total of puppies And giving us a Total of 312498 + 1250000 |
= 16puppies = 18 dogs= 64 pups= 16 pups = 80 pups = 98 dogs= 320 pups= 64 pups = 16 pups = 400 pups= 498 dogs= 1600 pups= 320 pups = 64 pups = 16 pups = 2000 pups = 2498 dogs= 8000 pups= 2000 pups = 10000 pups = 12498 dogs= 40000 pups = 10000 pups = 50000 pups = 62498 dogs= 200000 pups = 50000 pups = 250000 pups = 312498 dogs= 1000000 pups= 250000 pups = 1250000 pups = 1562498 dogs |

__SO IN 8 YEARS YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 1,562,498 MORE DOGS.__

__SO IN 8 YEARS YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 1,562,498 MORE DOGS.__

How many of you have ever visited your local Animal Shelters or S.P.C.A. and had a look to see the fantastic work that is being done there and what a heartbreaking and depressing job it must be. So do yourself and your community a favor and go visit them and even join their voluntary services, and the next time you see their collection tins please give generously ! ! ! !

**AND FOR PETS' SAKE, HAVE YOUR PETS STERILIZED TODAY!!!!!!**