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Old 08-09-2006, 09:42 PM
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I noticed today that our SPCA here wants to get the community to donate money for a new, larger facility. They say that they want a bigger place because they are overcrowded where they are. My problem is that they place is big enough for our community and the facility is not that old....maybe 10 years. It could use some updates but it is a great facility. I believe that instead of building this bigger place they should address the over population problem head on, instead of band aiding it with a "bigger place" They do not require animals to be spayed or neutered when someone adopts an animal and they wont spay or neuter them at the SPCA. I am wanting to write a letter to the editor of our newspaper and explain that there money should go towards education and spaying and neutering of the animals that come in there but I want some ideas on how to word it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This has to be handed in to the paper by tomorrow morning that is why i am in such a rush. Thanks again.
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Old 08-09-2006, 10:05 PM
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This is what I have so far.

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I was browsing the Swift Current SPCA’s website the other day and noticed that they are wanting to build a larger building to accommodate the over crowding of animals. I, personally do not believe a bigger building is what is needed. It will cost a lot of money for a new building and it will not be helping the overcrowding situation. I think that instead of spending all that money on a larger building they should address the overpopulation of animals head on, not band aid it with a new building. Why not put that money towards trying to fix the problem, by educating the public about spaying and neutering their pets. Spend the money on pamplets that tell the public that not spaying or neutering their pets puts them at risk for many cancers & pyometria (a severe, life threatening bacterial infection in the uterus). Not to mention that unspayed and unneutered animals produce many, many unwanted pets that end up at the SPCA or euthanized thus adding to the overcrowding problem. Why not put that money into having all animals that are adopted out of the SPCA spayed and neutered. Eventually there would be a decrease in unwanted pets because there would not be the 100’s of unplanned litters of crossbred puppies each year. If need be, increase the adoption fee. I think and increase in adoption fee would be a great thing. Studies have shown that animals that cost more than $50 are less likely to go to bad homes, be abused, neglected, abandoned or be returned back to the SPCA. People think longer and harder about buying or adopting a more expensive pet, and therefore increase the chances of these animals being placed in good homes and decreases the chances of them being returned. Also the money could be put towards hiring more staff that have education and training in animals, like trainers and vet assistants. There are a lot of things that can be done to reduce the animals population. People are more likely to adopt an animal that is well trained (even the basic commands), healthy and have no behavioral problems. Behavior problems, such as aggression towards other dogs or people, fear, timidity etc. are definitely not uncommon for dogs that end up in SPCA’s or Humane Society’s but those animals can be retrained to rid them of those problems. Some of them in very short times. If a new facility is to be built or not, some or all of these suggestions should be implemented anyways. Please address the problem not cater to it.
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Old 08-09-2006, 11:17 PM
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Old 08-10-2006, 12:07 AM
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:12 AM
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Dear Editor,

I was browsing the Swift Current SPCA’s website the other day and noticed that they are intending to build a larger facility to accommodate the ever increasing number of animals. I, personally do not believe a bigger building is what is required. It will cost a large sum of money to realise this new development and i'm afraid it will not adequatley address the over population issues. I think that instead of spending all that money on a larger building they should try to combat the overpopulation of animals head on, not band aid it with a new shiny building. For example..... Why not invest that money as I believe that educating the public about spaying and neutering their pets, will help to minimalise the problem. Spend the money on pamplets that inform the public that by not spaying or neutering their pets it can leave them at risk from many cancers & pyometria (a severe, life threatening bacterial infection in the uterus). Not to mention that unspayed and unneutered animals can produce many, many unwanted pets that end up at the SPCA or worse, euthanized thus adding to the overcrowding problem. Why not put that money into having all animals that are adopted out of the SPCA spayed and neutered?? There would be a marked decrease in unwanted pets as there would not be the 100’s of unplanned litters of crossbred puppies each year. If need be, increase the adoption fee. I would gladly support an increase in adoption fee, if I were to think that the animals would benefit. Studies have shown that animals that cost more than $50 are less likely to go to bad homes, be abused, neglected, abandoned or be returned back to the SPCA. People think longer and harder about buying or adopting a more expensive pet, and therefore increase the chances of these animals being placed in good homes and decreases the chances of them being returned. Furthermore the money could be put towards hiring more and better qualified staff that have qualifications in the training and treatment of animals, for example.. trainers, vet assistants and behavioral experts. There are numerous things that can be done to reduce the animals population. People are more likely to adopt an animal that is well trained (even the basic commands), healthy and have no behavioral problems. Behavior problems, such as aggression towards other dogs or people, fear, timidity etc. are definitely not uncommon for dogs that end up in SPCA’s or Humane Society’s but those animals can be retrained to rid them of those problems. Some of them in very short times. If a new facility is to be built or not, some or all of these suggestions should be implemented anyways. Please address the problem not cater to it.


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Old 08-16-2006, 04:36 PM
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I really like that way. Thank you so much. I just felt like I needed to say something. The SPCA here is always asking for money from the public and yet they dont really do anything noticable with it. There is still an overcrowded facility with employees that know nothing (or less than nothing).
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A thought . . . it will be more powerful if you take the "I" out of the equation. Instead of "I think" try "Why not" . . . you get the idea. It will make it easier for them to believe they thought of it themselves, making it more likely that they will adopt the idea and implement it.
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