Why: Neuter or Spay your Dog.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 15, 2010
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PETA: Do you have the balls to save a life?

We know it’s “the right thing to do.” Still, many of us don’t want to cut off our best friend’s ability to bear children, understandably fearing a loss of vim and vigor.

There’s an annual domesticated animal holocaust in the US of A, right now. Think I’m using that dark, horrible term too casually? Think again: about six million dogs and cats (not even including birds, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils etc.) are put to death each year because not enough of us choose to adopt them.

There’s two ways you can help:

> Neuter or spay your dog. My dog Redford came from the Humane Society, which neuters and spays all dogs and cats they give up for adoption. And I can assure you that Redford still has plenty of attitude, plenty of girlfriends (and boyfriends, he can be indiscriminate), and plenty of energy and character. Between the two of us, he’s the real charmer.

> Adopt, don’t buy. You can find any breed, or mutt, or age, or gender, you like. It’s cheaper, and you’re saving a life.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Why: Neuter or Spay your Dog.”

  1. *K* says:

    I have always (even in my childhood) only had dogs that came from family/friends or a shelter. It drives me crazy when I hear people say they will only consider getting a dog from a breeder! why why why? nice article.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! Spaying and neutering is the ONLY solution to pet overpopulation. We can’t adopt our way out of the problem.
    I also want to remind everyone to spay and neuter their cats, too! Cats have a much higher euthanasia rate at shelters than dogs.
    We have an awesome resource here in Colorado that lets you find the closest spay/neuter clinic in your area. Check it out at http://www.spaycolorado.org.

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