Pet Condoms? Try Spaying and Neutering

By, Sammy Caiola

Native Foods Cafe

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Native
Foods  Cafeuses this photo courtesy of petcondoms.org

 

Have
you talked to your pet about sex?

Probably
not. And honestly you shouldn’t try. What you should do is join the campaign to
spay and neuter domestic and feral animals, which will ultimately improve the
quality of life for pets and strays everywhere.

The
San Francisco Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
recently launched a spoof website advertising
a pet condom brand called “Animal Instincts.” The site’s got some intriguing
clickables like “How to put on a pet condom,” “how to talk to your pet about
protection” and “available in all shapes and sizes,” but every link just brings
up a window that states “There’s only one real fix. Spay or neuter your pet.”
The window also includes the society’s phone number where pet owners can make
appointments for spaying and neutering.

This
campaign is eye-catching, effective, and 100 percent necessary. There are an
estimated 6-8 million homeless pets in the United States, according to the Humane Society,
and animal shelters are overwhelmed. If you don’t spay or neuter your furry
friend, he or she could go into the world, mate with your neighbor’s fertile
furry friend, and contribute to the already troublesome stray problem. Many
pets on the street end up dead from starvation, traffic accidents, or from
being picked up by kill shelters. This is harm that we can reduce.

 

The
animal “sex drive” alluded to on the pet condom website is no joke. Dogs and
cats have sexual desires just like humans do, and those desires sometimes make
them rowdy or aggressive. Don’t want your dog humping guests’ legs at your next
dinner party? Get him neutered. An early operation can minimize howling,
urinating, roaming and aggression toward other animals. But the lovable, unique
aspects of your pet’s personality won’t change!

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Native
Foods Cafe uses this image courtesy of petcondoms.org.

 

A
recent USA
Today
article reported that neutered male dogs can live 18% longer than
unneutered dogs, and neutered female dogs can live 23% longer than unneutered
female dogs. I know it’s hard to put your pet through a painful procedure (and
to watch your pet struggle with the post-procedure cone), but it really is the
best thing-both for your pet and for animals all over the country. The less
animals on the street, the more adequately non-profits like the Humane Society,
and many other shelters that Native Foods has partnered with, can take care of
them.

If you want to go even further than
spaying and neutering your pets and encouraging your friends to do the same,
look for a local non-profit organization that goes on outreach missions to
capture and spay/neuter strays for free. Or team up with a local shelter to
organize a community event where folks can sign up for appointments or donate
to the cause of spaying and neutering domestic and feral animals. Or simply
share San Francisco’s “pet condom” page on your social media networks- it’s
sure to get a lot of attention, and to convince pet owners to stop putting it
off.

 

One thought on “Pet Condoms? Try Spaying and Neutering

  1. Alma November 19, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Great work!

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