Target: Christine Gregoire, Governor of Washington State
Goal: To convince Governor Gregoire to promote a bill which would provide spay and neuter services to thousands of animals in Washington, and reduce animal overpopulation.
Currently, over 1.6 million homeless dogs and cats are roaming around Washington State, and their future looks grim. Many of them will end up being euthanized in public shelters. Euthanasia, however, does not have to be the solution to the overpopulation problem. A bill is being discussed in Washington state which would provide spay and neuter services to thousands of animals.
Among pet owners, low-income families are the most likely to not spay or neuter their pets because they cannot afford it. This legislation would provide them with the means to spay or neuter their animals, and it would also allow for spaying and neutering some homeless animals as well.
Similar programs have been adopted in other states. In New Hampshire, for example, a program was started in 1994, and a 75-percent decrease in euthanasia was reported. Reducing the population of animals in this humane way has other benefits as well: it would reduce the costs of maintaining animal shelters, and it would also reduce the number of dog bites and attacks on humans. Sign this petition to tell Governor Gregoire that Washington needs this humane answer to animal overpopulation.
Dear Christine Gregoire,
As you are probably aware, there are 1.6 million stray cats and dogs roaming around Washington, and many of them will end up being euthanized in shelters. However, there is a better solution to the animal overpopulation problem: spaying and neutering.
Providing spay and neuter services for homeless animals and pets of low-income families will drastically reduce overpopulation and euthanasia, as has been shown in New Hampshire. It will also reduce the costs of maintaining public animal shelters, and reduce the number of violent dog attacks on humans.
We are writing to urge you to outwardly voice your support for this upcoming legislation, and to attempt to convince Washington legislators to do the same.
[Your Name Here]