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August 23rd, 2010
PALS recognizes International Homeless Animal Day

081010kittiesFive out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats are destroyed because there is no one to adopt them.

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Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas recognized Saturday as International Homeless Animal Day. Organizations around the world utilized the third Saturday of August to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. PALS seeks to bring this awareness to San Marcos.

Many companion pets are waiting for a home at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 750 River Road, and the PAWS Shelter and Humane Society in Kyle, 500 East FM 150.

The area has so many homeless pets simply because there are not enough good homes for all of them. PALS’ ongoing mission is to end pet overpopulation and homelessness by spaying or neutering animals of economically challenged families in Central Texas.

A single female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. A female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years.

“It’s unbelievable how many animals are dropped off at shelters,” said Executive Director of PALS, Sharri Boyett. “This could stop simply by fixing your pets and making a commitment for your pet’s lifetime.”

Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats are destroyed because there is no one to adopt them. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) around five million to seven million companion animals enter animal shelters every year. Of those animals, three to four million animals are euthanized.

Many of these animals are healthy and adoptable, but the sheer number of them outnumbers the availability of good homes. While a single day is recognized internationally as Homeless Animal Day, the fact is that every day is a homeless day for millions of dogs and cats.

PALS provides services to low-income pet owners so that their animals will remain in their homes. For more information on PALS and its spay/neutering program visit www.preventalitter.com.

Donations to PALS are tax deductible and may be sent to Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas, PO Box 401, San Marcos, TX 78667.

081010palsPALS hopes to bring awarness to area residents of their spay/neutering program which can stem the tide of homeless pets.

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