Target: Maryland state legislators
Goal: Encourage Maryland state legislators to support a spay/neuter program that would save the lives of dogs and cats.
Legislation to support a spay/neuter fund in Maryland has been recently introduced. This proposed legislation provides grants and vouchers for Maryland communities and residents who cannot afford spay/neuter services. The passing of this bill would drastically reduce animal shelter overpopulation, euthanasia rates, as well as taxpayer money. Call on Maryland state legislators today to support the passing of a state spay/neuter program.
At an annual cost of $8 million dollars, an average of 45,000 pets are euthanized every year in Maryland animal shelters. It has been reported that increasing spay/neuter services in communities would reduce overpopulation in shelters and lead to lower euthanasia rates. Unfortunately, the cost of spaying or neutering a pet is a barrier for low-income pet owners. Unable to care for breeding pets and their litters, some pet owners ultimately have to abandon their beloved pets.
The proposed legislation will provide affordable spay/neuter services that will save the lives of pets and alleviate the financial burden placed on the state. In addition, a spay/neuter program in Maryland would benefit communities by reducing public health and safety risks. The increase in fixed pets will lead to fewer strays and fewer encounters with potentially aggressive animals.
Spaying and neutering cats and dogs is the most humane and fiscally responsible way to address shelter overpopulation. Millions of dollars in taxpayer money are spent each year on the intake, housing, and euthanizing of cats and dogs. If this legislation passes, taxpayer money will be put toward humane and effective programs.
By signing this petition, you will be urging Maryland state legislators to support a statewide spay/neuter program that will reduce the intake rate of shelters and prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of innocent animals.
I would like to urge you to support the Maryland Spay/Neuter Fund bill. This bill will provide grants and vouchers for pet owners who cannot afford spay/neuter services. The passing of this bill would eliminate shelter overpopulation, as well as decrease euthanasia rates and save taxpayer money.
As you may know, Maryland euthanizes 45,000 cats and dogs in animal shelters every year. At an annual cost of $8 million dollars, euthanasia is costly on state and local budgets. Increasing spay/neuter services in communities would alleviate this problem, as fewer pets would end up in shelters. Unfortunately, many pet owners are unable to spay and neuter their pets because of costly rates. The proposed legislation would provide affordable spay/neuter services that would ultimately save the lives of many pets and save taxpayer money.
A statewide spay/neuter program is needed to combat this serious and costly pet overpopulation problem. Thirty-five other states have established statewide spay/neuter programs with success, and it is important for Maryland to be next. Please support this legislation that will alleviate shelter overpopulation and prevent the needless euthanasia of innocent pets.
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