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  1. Cara,
    As I’ve said before, the main problem is the irresponsible, inhumane pet owners, puppy millls, and good ole boys who allow their animals to breed indiscriminately and dump them in the shelters or leave them on the side of the road. We need licensing laws and fines to “strongly encourage” owners to spay and neuter their pets. The problem is not going to improve unless we can stop, or, at least, slow it down at the source. I’ve been saving dogs (and cats) for over 50 years, and I saw the problem basically disappear in the North once people were hit in their pocketbooks for having dogs that were intact. There just aren’t enough rescues or adopters to save the incredible number dog that are continually being born in the southern states. The spay/neuter clinics do a great job, but for every animals they spay, there are dozens being born to the ones that aren’t spayed. The problem will not go away until it is controlled at the intake end. Hopefully, for the sake of the animals in the shelters, we see more shelters and staff like those at Animal Harbor.