The unexplainable feelings I get when I pass through an animal shelter brings a mixture of emotions that come all at once, the anger of knowing that innocent animals die drastically without giving a chance. The feeling of anger soon turns into sadness, as I realize that no matter how much I wish to save each and one of them I simply cannot. These feelings never leave, as they haunt me, reminding me of those unforgotten innocent lives who become victims themselves from humans. There are millions of animals dying each day due to the lack of research and information. If each individual would have the time to research and get information when getting a pet maybe there wouldn’t be many innocent lives dying. If there were stricter laws that actually did something about this overpopulation problem, maybe there wouldn’t be any today. I find it very pathetic to think that their only solution to this problem is euthanized these animals. Without trying to find homes for these animals, instead, they go the easy and fastest way and preferred to kill them. They have the power to make a difference but choose not to, this is why this system is how it because if they truly cared for these animals they would have done something in the first place. According, to Animal welfare, while some animal shelters are different, most follow the 72-hour guideline in which it means that a stray pet that is brought to the shelter they must hold it for a minimum of 72 hours before they are euthanized. There are many occasions where an animal is put at a higher risk of being euthanized due to behavior problems as they claim to have, but in reality, sometimes these animals are just too scared that they react in a defensive way. If you put yourself in their situation where you are brought into a place with the smell of death, that’s everywhere and you hear hundreds of dogs crying and barking I’m pretty sure you would react the same way. According, to PETA, an unaltered female dog, and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens. We are the responsible ones for unwanted babies and the millions of innocent lives dying each year. Many enter into animal shelters and are killed due to overcrowded spaces, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized totaling to 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats, while others are fortunate to get rescued or adopted.
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Some solutions to the problem would be educating and informing people about spaying and neutering their pets and the risks and effects it does when their pets are not spayed or neutered. According, American humane, all of us are affected by animal overpopulation. Millions of tax dollars are spent annually to shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted pets. A second solution would be enforcing new laws to pet owners, such as signing a legal paper agreeing that their pet will be kept with them under any circumstances, and if not, there will be a fee of thousand dollars. In other terms the owner will be agreeing that once those papers are signed their pet will be under their name and their care and will be their responsibility to provide for their pet and there will be no way of thinking of relinquishing or abandoning their pets under any circumstances because the pet will be under the owner’s name. Lastly, another solution would be banning dog breeding since it’s one of the Secondary reasons for the overpopulation of animals. According, to International society for animal rights, the enormous number of puppies mass produced in puppy mills adds to the tragic problem of pet overpopulation and the killing of millions of unwanted dogs each year. Purchasing a puppy from a pet shop perpetuates the vicious cycle by encouraging more breeding, which leads to more killing.  It only takes one breeder to cause such damage, which is why I believe animal breeding should be banned. Banning this horrific cycle of dog breeding will also help thousands of animals from getting euthanized in overcrowded shelters. Not only that it will help thousands of animals find a forever home, but it will benefit animal shelters to clear those kennels, and those searching for a pet will be saving innocent lives.

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There are many reasons for the problem of overpopulation of animals, but I believe the best solution to this problem would be enforcing new laws into spaying and neutering all pets. There will be low cost or free spay-and-neuter clinics for all pet owners that will make it easy for everyone to do the right thing and have their animals fixed and will also help those who can’t afford a procedure like this. Since not spaying and neutering is one of the major reasons for the overpopulation of animals. In return, it will help Reduce pet homelessness as well as a pet’s health, unwanted pregnancy and lastly, it will help alleviate the dog and cat overpopulation problem. Remember, it only takes one irresponsible person to believe that their pets should not be spayed or neutered for whatever reason, so I believe we should start making a change and help those who are in need and dedicate this change to those innocent lives who were once part of this world but left without giving them a second chance. Let’s be the change in becoming better humans and start saving lives than killing lives. I believe that by doing such thing like this will bring us peace, not only will it bring us peace but there wouldn’t be any more suffering and instead there would be more compassion for our four-legged furry animals.
compassion“Whoever saves a life, saves the world entire.” – The Talmud

Works Cited
Acres, Kaleidoscope. “How Long Do Animal Shelters Keep Pets Before Euthanizing Them?”. Knoji, 2012, https://animal-welfare-volunteering.knoji.com/how-long-do-animal-shelters-keep-pets-before-euthanizing-them/. Accessed 18 Sept 2018.

“Dog Overpopulation And Puppy Mills”. International Society For Animal Rights, 2018, http://isaronline.org/programs/dog-and-cat-overpopulation/dog-overpopulation-and-puppy-mills/. Accessed 14 Sept 2018.

“Pet Statistics”. ASPCA, 2018, https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics. Accessed 20 Sept 2018.

“Spay And Neuter”. PETA, 2018, https://www.peta.org/issues/animal-companion-issues/overpopulation/spay-neuter/. Accessed 20 Sept 2018.

“Spaying/Neutering”. Americanhumane.Org, 2016, https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/spayingneutering/. Accessed 20 Sept 2018.

Annotated Bibliography
Acres, Kaleidoscope. “How Long Do Animal Shelters Keep Pets Before Euthanizing Them?”. Knoji, 2012, https://animal-welfare-volunteering.knoji.com/how-long-do-animal-shelters-keep-pets-before-euthanizing-them/. Accessed 18 Sept 2018.
In this article, it explains the process of an animal who enters to an animal shelter and the process of becoming euthanize within a 72 hour period or its often given at least a 10 day grace period However not all animals are lucky and are often euthanize right away due to their behavior or sickness. With this article, I can back up my argument about animals entering the shelters and dying drastically due to cover crowded spaces.

“Dog Overpopulation And Puppy Mills”. International Society For Animal Rights, 2018, http://isaronline.org/programs/dog-and-cat-overpopulation/dog-overpopulation-and-puppy-mills/. Accessed 14 Sept 2018.
Puppy mills are another reason due to the overpopulation of animals in the shelter as well in the streets because often people want to breed dogs rather than adopting an animal from the shelters and with this information, it would be beneficial to me since I argue about puppy mills been one of the secondary reasons for over overpopulation. The reliability of this source is that it’s from the actual article from International society for animal rights.

“Pet Statistics”. ASPCA, 2018, https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics. Accessed 20 Sept 2018.
In this article, It provides me with the facts about animals in shelters in the United States and helps me back up my argument about the number of dogs and cats killed each year. The reliability of this source is that it’s from the ASPCA.

“Spaying/Neutering”. Americanhumane.Org, 2016, https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/spayingneutering/. Accessed 20 Sept 2018.
In this article, it explains about spaying and neutering and the effect it causes and it explains how it in some ways it affects us not only by the overpopulation but the millions of tax that is deducted, and are spent annually to shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted pets. This helps me with the argument I argue about the importance of why spaying and neutering is.