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Surfeit of adoptable animals means many must be euthanized

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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Surfeit of adoptable animals means many must be euthanized

We at the Animal Protective Foundation are proud to be launching a state-of-the-art spay-and-neuter clinic to help low-income families and pet owners and to help make a significant difference in the problem of pet overpopulation in our community.

Our commitment to saving the lives of companion animals cannot be overstated, and our new clinic is our physical demonstration of that commitment.

At the same time, we can’t forget about the lifesaving work that is done at our animal shelter, where we take in lost or stray and owned animals, many of which are healthy and adoptable. Unfortunately, some are not. We work hard to rehabilitate or treat injured and sick animals, but not all can be saved.

Unfortunately, national euthanasia statistics are difficult to pinpoint because animal care and control agencies are not uniformly required to keep statistics on the number of animals taken in, adopted, euthanized or reclaimed.

However, the American Humane Association (AHA) does gather reliable data to characterize the disposition of shelter animals in the United States. According to the AHA:

u Almost 50 percent of the animals taken in by shelters must be euthanized. This may be due to overcrowding, or sick, aggressive, injured or suffering animals.

u Only 15.8 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats that enter animal shelters as strays are reunited with their owners.

u 25 percent of dogs and 24 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are adopted.

Over the past 12 months, the euthanasia rate at APF was 19.5 percent. That’s fully 30 percent lower than the national average. It’s still not good enough when we consider that 80 percent prefer to buy a companion animal from pet stores, breeders and the Internet.

As the Animal Protective Foundation continues to address pet overpopulation, we will continue to fight to inform the public about the importance of spaying and neutering so we can help save more lives.

Michael Daugherty

Glenville

The writer is the APF’s executive director.

Keep in mind all the good that Camp Bisco brings

Re the letters from Mr. John Peters [Sept. 18 letter, “Time for town to pull plug on Camp Bisco,”] and others: They should have done some homework first, then maybe they could have focused on the positive side of this event.

Camp Bisco brings substantial revenue to the area and, yes, to the county and state, through taxes and permits, tolls and gas. This event puts money in the pockets of Mr. Peters, friends, neighbors and potential constituents. He should have known this before he attacked Camp Bisco. Why does he think Saratoga continues to do its concerts? It’s to generate business for the community.

One other thing he might want to consider is that 99 percent of the people who come to this event are not drug users; they come to listen to music. Why not focus on them, rather than the 1 percent who want to ruin their lives and wreak havoc on others?

Traffic is another issue: How many times has he taken his family on vacation to another state or town where he got tied up in traffic? How is that different? Do Cape Cod residents rejoice at the prospect of a three-month traffic jam? I think not. Maybe he should complain to local law enforcement, because it was their roadblocks that caused the delay in traffic.

Before he casts aspersions on a situation he clearly does not understand, he should consider the benefits as well as the complications. I, for one, will not cast a vote for someone [Mr. Peters is a candidiate for Town Board] as blindly prejudicial against an event which provides a boost to our area, especially with the economy the way it is!

Antoinette Potter

Pattersonville

The writer is the wife of Indian Lookout Country Club owner Frank Potter.

Divert donut contest entries to Glenville

Re The Daily Gazette’s cider donut taste test contest (Sept. 23 story): Contestants are asked to drop off cider donuts at the newspaper’s headquarters on Maxon Road.

Let me put it out there right now: If any of the contestants would like an independent, second opinion, they are welcome to drop off samples at my house as well.

I can guarantee nothing will go to waste... Just trying to do my part to get the best taste test possible.

Richard Reed

East Glenville

Don’t forget, the ‘hike’ in ‘bike-hike trail’

Re the Sept. 21 letter by the legitimately angry Gina Robinson from Niskayuna, who encountered a rude and arrogant bike rider, who yelled at her and her 7-month-old puppy, “This is not a dog path, this is a bike path!”: The official name is The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail — www.mhbht.org.

Isn’t it about time we shared not only the path, but our roads as well, so no one else is injured or killed?

Mark DiMartino

Scotia

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