Listen to Bob Barker
|Blog Contributor: Gloria Boyce|
March 10, 2014
Who doesn’t know this face?! He was the face Americans saw 5 times a week for 35 years. He was the person who gave prizes and made people’s dreams come true. Not many of us have the ability to make the dream of a lifetime come true day in and day out like that. Oh wait.. we do!
I am Bob Barker. YOU are Bob Barker! No, you may not be able to give someone a brand new car (if you do have that ability, I’d like to meet you!) or $1k for spinning a big wheel just right… but you’re still able to make the dream of a lifetime come true.
How? By LISTENING to Bob Barker. Who doesn’t remember the infamous “And remember! Help control the pet population, have your pets spayed or neutered!” It’s not just a line! By spaying and neutering, you are helping move this nation one step closer to being the no-kill nation so many of us dream of. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. The first step in getting us to be a no kill nation is to help control the pet population via spaying and neutering.
What’s that? You say you might want your dog, who is the best and prettiest/handsome-est dog in the world to produce beautiful and wonderful offspring someday? Interesting. I deeply wish we were on the same page about getting to be a no-kill nation. But, since we’re not, here are some statistics I hope you remember: Sterilization helps increase the healthy years of a pets life; a dog’s healthy lifespan increases an avg of 1 – 3 years because of sterilization (spayUSA.org) by reducing the risk of cancer and other illnesses related to remaining unaltered. Sterilization also helps reduce the risk of roaming away from their house/yard, which reduces the risk of permanent loss of your pet via getting hit by a car or getting so lost they are never found.
So, my friends, my plea to you is this – listen to Bob Barker… if not for the reason of helping control the pet population, then for the reason of giving them a longer and healthier life.