Stray animals don’t only sit on streets and look for food, they need something to do sometimes. And what they chose to do is not very helpful, considering we are trying to minimize the amount of stray animals in America. An un-spayed female dog and her offspring can create 67,000 dogs in six years. An un-spayed female cat and her offspring can create 420,000 cats in 7 years, according to One Green Planet. Strays just make more and more strays. That’s why animal activists have formed organizations like Spay and Stay. The organization will spay/neuter feral cats, then release them back into the wild to live out the rest of their lives (This process is know as TNR, Trap-Neuter-Return. Learn more here). They don’t do this with regular strays, because they can be taken into shelters. But feral cats have lived in the wild for their entire lives. They are untrained and often aggressive, so society must find alternative ways of handling them.
It’s important to spay/neuter your house pets too, and keep them inside because they will breed with other pets. Unwanted pet pregnancies are often why owners abandon their pet/new puppies. Plan ahead instead of having to face this situation. There are low cost spay/neuter clinics you can go to if you don’t have the money to pay for it yourself. The Anti Cruelty Society runs a low income spay/neuter clinic in Chicago.
Strays breeding in the wild is not the only problem. Dogs and cats are bred needlessly for profit, only to be sold in pet stores, reducing the pool of people who could adopt shelter animals. Puppy mills will mass breed dogs in confined and filthy spaces. These mills continue to exist because of the minimal standard that the Animal Rights Act has set down. This act allows the near prison-like conditions that the dogs live in, even if they’re not meaning to.