While this past mild winter meant lower heating bills and fewer snow days, it’s now resulting in problems for animal lovers. First of all, the lack of freezing temperatures allowed bugs to keep their numbers healthy. Vets are bracing for an onslaught of fleas, heartworms and parvo showing up in their practices.
Another problem is the flood of puppies and kittens being born earlier than usual. If you recall from Biology 101 or that talk you had with your parent(s), then you know about the birds and bees going especially crazy in the spring.
Unfortunately, dogs and cats either didn’t receive that information or just frankly don’t care. Hey, they also don’t drive cars or fill out income-tax forms. They’re animals, not people.
The result is that cart loads of pooches and felines are either being handed over to rescue groups and shelters or being let loose on the streets.
If you can’t adopt or foster an animal, donate money to a rescue organization. They’re so overwhelmed they’re having to turn away great animals, euthanize them faster than ever or blow their budgets by boarding them until their forever homes are found.
Another thought: don’t just spay and neuter, spread the word.