This little boy’s parents should be proud; not only did he take the time to investigate, but he made sure to do the right thing. Sadly, not all animals are so lucky.
The ASPCA estimates that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters around the U.S. each year. Some animals brought in as strays are returned to their owners (26 percent of dogs and 5 percent of cats) and about 36 percent are adopted by new families.
One huge reason for overfilled shelters and homeless animals is dogs and cats not being spayed or neutered. The surgery has major health benefits for animals and helps to keep population growth low. Many organizations offer free or low-cost spay/neuter programs, which even at full price, would cost less than raising a litter.