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They bothered to neuter him so that if he gets loose, he can't create an unwanted litter with an unspayed *** before you get him back.

If there's an unspayed female available in this situation, there would already be a small pack of males ready to breed her. One more does not make any change in numbers of unwanted pups. The neutering of males could heve any effect only if 100% of all the males in the population (that's including the show dogs) were neutered. (Are there doggie sperm banks lurking in the future?) The card players would say, trump it by spaying as much females as possible. The investments in neutering males would be better spent spaying (even a lesser number of) poor people's bitches (maybe your rich folks in USoA could donate for spaying elsewhere in the world?).
Why not admit straightforward that shelters go for neutering males to prevent them from coming back to the same, presuming many dogs probably did get there because of more than average want to search for females. But then in my experience (with hound breeds) secure fencing, training and appropriate exercise works much much better than neutering and dumpig-the-dog-on-lawn-as-ornament.
Ivana Marinkovic >"After the first four years Zagreb, Croatia >the dirt does not get any worse." http://www.iridis.com/ivanam> Quentin Crisp
I know we've discussed this a few times before re the ASPCA , but even if they are independent , doesn't it work like a franchise?

Nope. The terms Humane Society and SPCA are about as meaningful as Trust or Agency. They can be used by anyone.
Lynn K,
You just have two pulling now? Mukluk says he would love to come visit and help. He says he can probably pull the sled all by himself.

elliott (not a sleddog, but he'd love to play one on teevee) says he'd be delighted to help, too.
Muks had HW for at least 2 - 3 years according to the vet, and is still barrel chested.)

aw, poor guy. what's his prognosis? a friend's Chow x had advanced HW and, though he's in fairly good shape now, he'll always be compromised because of it. whenever he exerts himself very much, he gets raspy and wheezy. (of course, if they'd get the extra weight off him, it'd do him wonders, but that apparently isn't going to happen. hrmph. if *i* ran the world...)

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
He's fine, actually. It was June of 1998 when we sprung him from the shelter. He came through HW treatment without any problems - - neither the disease nor the treatment ever slowed him down - - and there don't seem to be any residuals except for the barrel chest. He's got at least as much energy as Tasha, has been HW negative for at least 5 years and is generally in good health except for a little arthritis and very occasional GI upset. He's 9 or 10 now, by estimate.
Mustang Sally
I know we've discussed this a few times before re the ASPCA ,but even if they are independent , doesn't it work like a franchise?

Nope. The terms Humane Society and SPCA are about as meaningful as Trust or Agency. They can be used by anyone. Lynn K,

Hi Janet and Lynn.
That's a scary, scary thought!
Alison
Hi Janet and Lynn. That's a scary, scary thought! Alison

It's a big, big country! Remember - the agencies are not calling themselves the "ASPCA of ..". They are the "So-and-so SPCA" or the "SPCA of such-and-such". I realize it is confusing for many, as is the Humane Society name. Let's hope people can continue to be educated about finding out about individual shelters and their policies.
Janet Boss
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