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‘Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law’ debut yard signs 
to encourage and promote spay-neuter

Written by  Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law
Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law (SIAPL) have designed an eye-catching yard sign that promotes spaying and neutering and provides phone numbers for low-cost spay-neuter programs in both Jefferson and Orleans parishes. The group hopes to distribute hundreds of signs over the next month. Anyone wishing to receive a sign or make a donation should visit SIAPL’s website.
 
“People do not understand that every puppy or kitten that is born and ends up in a shelter is adding to our euthanasia rate,” said Nita Hemeter, founder of the group. “Even if that animal is adopted quickly, it is taking a place that could be allocated to a stray, or to a pet that the owner must relinquish due to an unavoidable hardship.” Furthermore, noted Hemeter, even when owners find homes for their litters, they take a possible home for a shelter dog or cat off the market.
 

“Some 92,000 companion animals die in Louisiana shelters every year, and facilities like the LASPCA and Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters are completely overburdened,” said Gene Goldring, SIAPL’s director of special projects. “Pet owners need to be responsible and get their animals spayed or neutered as soon as possible.” Goldring noted that both cats and puppies can be spayed or neutered as young as 3-4 months, depending on the breed and health of the animal.
 
Both Hemeter and Goldring emphasized that “backyard breeders”―those that breed and sell animals in their residences or outdoor sheds without proper permits or licensure, are a big component of the problem, as well. “Honestly, even AKC-registered breeders are adding to the total pool of unwanted animals, but backyard breeder animals are more likely to have progeny that are sick or have poor temperaments,” said Hemeter. “These poor creatures often end up in a shelter at some point.”  About 25-30% of animals that end up in shelters are pure-bred according to national statistics.
 
Hemeter says her group’s next effort will be to raise awareness of breeders that are operating illegally and avoiding paying taxes and license fees to the city. “These people aren’t just creating a problem for the animals. They are costing the citizens of New Orleans money. Anyone who suspects a neighbor is breeding animals without proper conditions or in secret should not hesitate to report them to the LASPCA.”
 
About Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law
Supporters of the Intact Animal Permit Law is a group of concerned citizens working to encourage adherence to and enforcement of New Orleans’ new Intact Animal Permit ordinance. The group works to reduce pet overpopulation, curtail the destructive activities of breeders and increase public awareness of this ordinance and the negative effect of unregulated breeding in the city of New Orleans. For more information, visit the website.
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