As promised: a new series of humorous public service ads (PSAs) promoting spaying and neutering. I would have thought the message (if not the precise way it was conveyed) would have had unqualified reader support — but I was wrong.
Last week’s initial entry drew a bit of fire from people who said owners should be responsible for keeping their dogs indoors.
I agree — but too often they are not. And even a single accident can create a litter of, say, 3 puppies (to be on the very conservative side). Unless you’ve got an oddly selective pooch, those puppies will be mixed breeds — the type that occupy three out of four places in shelters. Is One Strike You’re Out (of testicles), i.e., the policy that some shelters enforce of not returning canine escapees intact, fair? Maybe not. But neither is having to kill healthy dogs that can’t find homes.
Another issue to ponder. Today’s spay-neuter PSA, brought to you by the U.S. Marines at the Fort Pendleton, CA, base — see, even tough guys neuter! — plays on the stereotype that castrated dogs will no longer hump. The latest medical evidence is inconclusive, however.
I got a little flak for Wednesday’s PSA, which depicts pit bulls as snooze hounds and doesn’t make it clear dogs need exercise. What do you think: Is it okay to paint the issue with broad strokes to get an important point across? Or do we need complete truth in advertising?
Update: This great cat “speuter” video created by the Alliance for Humane Action was sent by alert blogger Roberta of Dog Blessed @ Silverwalk. I was tempted to save it for a later contribution to this series but that wouldn’t be right… Thanks, Roberta! I particularly love the details of the kitty magazines.