Dog and Cat Overpopulation

Addressing the scourge of dog and cat overpopulation is one of ISAR’s major programs.

 

As ISAR’s many supporters know, addressing the scourge of dog and cat overpopulation is one of our major programs. We have been fighting that problem for decades, and although ISAR and other organizations have been making some progress—mandatory spay/neuter, prohibitions on retail sales, crackdowns on puppy mills—still the cycle of birth-suffering-death goes on unabated: too many shelters do an incompetent job of obtaining adoptions; spay/neuter programs, if they exist at all, are ridden with exemptions; dogs and cats continue to breed (and be bred!). And as they multiply endlessly, the dead bodies of their predecessors go up in smoke, literally.

It has been estimated that at least 70,000 puppies and kitties are born in the United States every day. Many are born into households whose members cannot provide for them, or mistakenly believe they can but later learn otherwise and relinquish the animals. For decades most shelters have been at capacity, with routine ever-ending euthanasia the rule rather than the exception. Indeed, the Humane Society of the United States has reported that between six and eight million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and over half of them are euthanized.

The literature and statistics on dog and cat overpopulation is copious . . . and often discouraging. But ISAR isn’t discouraged. To the contrary, we will continue to work for the day when dog and cat overpopulation is a distant memory—as we have for decades past.

Model statutes

Mandatory Identification of Dogs and Cats

Adoption Sterilization

Spay/Neuter Tax Deduction

Mandatory Microchipping

Mandatory Microchipping (Spanish)

Euthanasia Statistics

Mandatory Spay/Neuter

Mandatory Spay/Neuter (Spanish)

Department of Animal Affairs

Regulation of Dog Breeding, Facilitation and Sales

Prohibition of Retail Commercial Sale of Dogs and Cats

Monographs

Policy, Law and Morality of Spay/Neuter

Regulation of Dog Breeding, Facilitation and Sales

Prohibition of Retail Commercial Sale of Dogs and Cats

Special Reports

A Prime Source of Canine Overpopulation: The American Kennel Club

Solving Animal Behavior Problems

Dog and Cat Overpopulation

Dog and Cat Overpopulation and Juvenile Spay/Neuter

High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

Pet Identification and Overpopulation

Pet Overpopulation Study

Dog and Cat Survey

Organizing a Spay/Neuter Mobile

Dog Overpopulation and Puppy Mills

Animals and Standing to Sue

Petitions

Petition Campaign for United Nations Spay/Neuter Postage Stamps

Petition for Worldwide Spay/Neuter Postage Stamps

General information

USPS Stamp Victory

Help ISAR work toward the elimination of puppy mills and most retail sales of companion animals here and abroad

Working for enactment of ISAR’s Model Euthanasia Statistics Statute

Work for the enactment of ISAR’s Mandatory Identification of Dogs and Cats Law

Help ISAR to amend dozens of inadequate laws purporting to prohibit retail sales of certain companion animals

Understand That Chicago’s Ban Against Companion Animal Retail Sales Isn’t A Complete Prohibition (Part II)

Understand That Chicago’s Ban Against Companion Animal Retail Sales Isn’t A Complete Prohibition (Part I)

Prohibit Retail Sales of Dogs and Cats

Another Municipal Adoption of Mandatory Spay/Neuter

Ends and Means

Mandatory Spay/Neuter Beat Goes On

Breeders May Court Disaster

The Need For ISAR’s Mandatory Spay/Neuter Law

ISAR Hits A Nerve

Only ISAR “Gets It” About Mandatory Spay/Neuter

ISAR’s Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute Garnering Attention

Annotated Text of ISAR’s Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute

Overview of ISAR’s Revolutionary Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute

ISAR’s Revolutionary Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute

Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation in America by Nathan J. Winograd

Token Mandatory Spay/Neuter in Palm Beach, Florida

Another Municipal Adoption of ISAR Model Mandatory Spay/Neuter Statute

“No Kill” Advances