Hats off to the various Valencia County animal rescue organizations that pooled their resources and are offering spay and neuter assistance to low-income individuals and families.
The local groups have gotten No More Homeless Pets, a national coalition of animal organizations and agencies, to contribute matching funds with a grant.
As Valencia County searches for solutions to its animal control issue, it is good to see volunteer groups step forward with creative ways to help.
Pet over-population is a problem in Valencia County.
Unneutered animals, reproducing litter after litter of unplanned puppies and kittens, have overwhelmed the animal shelter.
Last week, 156 dogs and cats were euthanized, including puppies and kittens.
Stray animals that are not captured by the animal control personnel are left to fend for themselves throughout the community.
Being a responsible owner of a pet means controlling the breeding of the animal. If a person is not able to keep their animal separated from the opposite gender, then the responsible thing to do is spay or neuter the animal.
When money is tight, the last thing a family has money for is to spay or neuter their pet.
It is commendable for the rescue groups to find a way to help these people who want to be responsible pet owners but financially have not been able.
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