By Josephine Yurcaba
Supervisors in Los Angeles County passed a measure Tuesday that requires all cat guardians in unincorporated communities to spay and neuter their cats. A similar measure is already in place for dogs, so why should they get to have all the safety in life?
According to the Los Angeles Times, about 19,000 cats from the county’s six shelters were euthanized last year. That’s 70 percent of all the cats brought to shelters. The Times said the number of cats killed each year is much higher than the number of dogs, for the simple and sad reason that dogs are more frequently adopted, reclaimed by their guardians, or transferred out by state rescue associations. But Los Angeles County supervisors must know that cats are just as lovable, despite their sass.
“Fewer animals entering the system reduces the numbers of those being euthanized and decreases the cost to taxpayers,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
He and Supervisor Hilda Solis introduced the motion that also included drastic changes to old county animal facilities that they said don’t provide a good environment for the animals or an attractive one for potential adopters. Supervisors would also like to provide vouchers to subsidize the costs of spaying and neutering for low-income cat people, a measure that is already in place for the county’s dog lovers.
The measure is fitting since this month is Spay and Neuter Awareness month for the county. Pet guardians can purchase a special “Pet Lovers” license place, and the money will go toward supporting low-cost spay and neuter programs, according to the Signal.
Fewer animals killed, cheaper access to care for your furry friend — that should please even the grumpiest cat.