Mandatory Microchips for Pets? Are you for or against? (New Orleans)
What if all the lost dogs and cats could be easily reunited with their owners -- if they were all microchipped?
Do you know that over 80% of cats and over 40% of dogs who end up in our local shelters are killed? That means almost 60 animals are killed every week day, all year long.
Do you know that most of these animals are killed because we simply run out of SPACE to keep them, or we can't afford to treat their TREATABLE medical conditions? And do you know that we run out of space because there are sooooo many lost pets that end up in the shelters and their owners never find them?
Did you know that nationally, only about 2% of cats who end up in shelters are claimed by their owners? Only 2% !! And then there are all the lost pets that simply disappear because someone finds the animal and there is no identification on the animal, so the person keeps the pet for their own.
How do you feel about mandatory microchips for pets?
I'm not in favor of mandatory ANYTHING, but if microchips could reduce the killing in our local shelters by 20%... or 30%.... or 50%.... or maybe even 75%.... would that be worth it?
What if we could save 3,000 more animals every year -- right here in our area -- by having all animals microchipped? That's how many we would save if we only reduced the killing by 20%. We would save 7,500 animals if we reduced the killing by 50%.
Do you know what the cost is to the taxpayer for every animal that is killed in our local shelters? It's hard to get an exact number, but it's estimated to be somewhere between $165 - $220. That's to hold and then KILL the animal. So we taxpayers are paying that much money (times over 15,000 animals), to KILL animals all year long!
What if we require microchips for all pets?? Then when animals get lost, they can be scanned for a microchip, and the owner can be contacted immediately, and the owner can pick up the animal... Instead of us TAXPAYERS paying to kennel that pet for 5 days and then kill that lost pet -- at a cost of $165 - $220 per pet!
Aren't you tired of your tax dollars going to KILL PETS ??
If we stop killing all these LOST pets, then our shelters could actually end up with empty kennel spaces... And those empty kennels could then accept the truly homeless pets -- the pet whose owner got cancer and had to give up their beloved dog or cat, or the pet whose owner lost their job and truly can't afford to care for the pet any longer. Then the shelter staff could spend their time MARKETING those homeless pets, or working on certain behavioral issues, so that all those homeless pets could all be adopted (instead of being killed).
So if we can reduce the killing of "LOST" pets by 20-75%, and then we increase the adoptions of the truly homeless pets by 20-75%, then we will have saved potentially 10,000 - 12,000 animals a year!
How's that for a step in the right direction??
Do you want to continue to see your tax dollars spent on killing 15,000 animals a year? Spent at a rate of $165 - $220 per pet killed... over and over again?
Or would you rather we have all local pets microchipped, so we can help the owners find their lost pets, and keep them out of the shelter in the first place -- so you and I -- the taxpayers -- aren't paying to shelter and then kill those lost pets?
Oh, and one more thing: Remember after Katrina, all the thousands of pets that were rescued but were never reunited with their owners? That's because nobody knew who owned those pets, because they weren't wearing collars, tags, or microchips. There was no way to match lost pets with owners. What if we could go back and have all 10,000+ of those animals microchipped, and we could find the owners to ALL those pets?? Did you know that for every one of those animals whose owner was not found, an animal died? That's right. All the shelters around the country who took in those displaced Katrina pets had to make room somehow... so another animal lost its life to make room for those Katrina pets. We live in a hurricane evacuation area. If we all had our animals microchipped, then if another Katrina happens (God forbid), and some pets are left behind, we would know who the owners are, and we could reunite the pets with their owners -- instead of having to ship those poor pets to other shelters around the country, never to be found again.
So what do you say, are you FOR or AGAINST mandatory microchipping of pets in our area?
If you are for it, please let us know why.
If you are against it, please let us know why.
Now is your chance to voice your opinion!! Please let us know your thoughts, for and against.
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