I’m going to get up on a soapbox for a minute here… Please, please, please all of you pet owners reading this, spay or neuter your pets!  Unless you plan to breed them, there’s just no reason at all good enough not to do it.  As I’m searching for new homes for my two fur babies, I’m being confronted with the sad truth.  There are just FAR too many homeless dogs and cats out there.  Shelters throughout the country are just filled with them, and many don’t have room to take any more in.  Many animals are euthanized at shelters every day for no other reason than there isn’t the room to keep all of the animals coming in.  There are far more homeless and abandoned animals coming into the shelters than there are being adopted out.  The number one way we can help this issue is by stopping there being more stray animals from being produced.  And the best way to do that is simply to have your pet spayed or neutered.  It’s a quick procedure in the vet’s office, and pets generally recover very quickly and easily.  The vets I’ve talked to in the past few years are doing a better job than ever before of making sure your pet is given pain medicine and kept comfortable during and after the procedure.  If money is an issue and you feel like you just can’t afford it, please talk to your vet or local animal shelters about any low cost spay/neuter programs in your area.  These programs exist in lots of places and are designed to make it affordable for anyone to have their pet spayed or neutered.  And if your concern is your pet’s personality will change after the procedure, well, please talk to your vet about this concern so they can lay your fears to rest that their basic personality will not change.  Your pet is relying on you to be resonsible for them and their health.  So it’s your responsibility to have them spayed or neutered… Please be a responsible pet owner.