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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Kaplds Gazette: Sun., Nov. 1371 It's The HUMANE Thing To Do By Susan Welsh Itilnionc Soclely Auxiliary M lha presi'Ml lime there is no birlli control pill for pets, and there are very tow spay- nculer clinics. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the in- dividual pet owner to sec to it that his dot; or cat is surgically sterilized. Webster defines a pet as "an animal that is domesticated and kept as a companion or treated lovingly with affec- tion especially liked." And these are the reasons people keep pets. To live up In such a description, the pet owner must choose to have that pel spayed or neutered. If he doesn't, life will more than likely he responsible for adding to ihc number of surplus pel animals which must he euthanized at taxpayer expense, he will undoubtedly spend more money handling the problems a non-neutered pet can cause and he may find he has a less than enjoyable relationship wilh his pet. Some of the more common .excuses (nol reasons) pel owners give for not having this pet sterilized are as follows: 1) "She's going to he a house pet, so there won't he any chance tor her to have a lit- ter." Pets do escape from their homes, yards and collars. And when the female dog or cat is in heat she will make a greater effort In do so simply because il is a nalural instinct for her. Al (his time the female dog or cat, confined in your home, can be almost impossible to live with. She will become irrila- ble, noisy and nervous. She will leave stains on car- peting and furniture, and yoilr yard or doorstep will be filled wilh would-be suilors, fighting wilh one another and soiling lawns and shrubbery. The fenced-in yard is not going tu keep them out and il may nol keep her in. At a lime like this, animals have an uncanny ability to dig, climb, scale, jump or almost fly around any barrier. The non-neulerecj male cat has a habit of spraying walls, drapes, furniliire wilh nasly smelling urine not ji pleasant experience for any pel owner. The male dog will want lo spend more of his lime roaming and romancing probably fighling than stay- ing home being a companion. 2) "It costs too much to have the surgery done." Does it now. Consider what you have jusl spenl on clean- ing, repairing and replacing drapes, carpels arffl furniliire and the chore of cleaning up Hie yard afler Ihe suilors have gone. Is il worth being upset and angry with your pet for keeping you awake with her whining, 'pacing and howling? Or him much do you spend tu have the pet boarded during these limes and Ihese times do happen at regular intervals? All this adds up to as much and probably more than the cost of Ihe surgery. Most veterinarians would want lo make certain an animal was in good health prior to any surgical procedure and there are costs involved in determining (his. He also utilizes expensive equipment and trained personnel In further cut down risks to the animals. Any good pet owner You've Asked Abouf would want lo be assured uf Ihis lype of consideration and care for his pel. The cost In- volved Is a small price lo pay lor a hoallhy and well-adjusted pel, which in turn makes for a happy and well-adjusted pel owner. 3) "II seems unnatural like he (or she) won't he a whole animal." This line of thinking is un- natural. Perhaps Ihis excuse- maker leels that someone is nol a whole person if he has ever had a tooth extracted. H would seem mure iinnii- lural to allow a pel lo go Ihrougli Ihese frustrating in- tervals, confined, confused anil unable to understand why or what is happening. It is even more unnalural lohave lo de- stroy animals because there is nothing else lo do wilh them. "It'might be fun to raise a litter." Obviously these excuse- givers have never had the experience. Puppies and kit- tens involve a lot of time your time. The mother may need special care or medical attenlion before she has a litter and problems can develop with delivery. Unfortunately, all pets don'I make good mothers either. Many a devoted household pel would much rather spend her time with her people family being a pel, lhaii wilh her own family and this leads to added problems for both the lillcr and (he owner. Then, what to do with the young puppies and kittens? Kind good homes for them? This is not always possible. Take them lo Ihe humane shelter or dog pound and let them find homes for them? National figures estimate lhal only aboul one in len of these types of pets find a home. 5) "A female needs lo have a litter to 'settle her down'." On Ihe contrary. She may become nervous, aggressive or overly possessive after motherhood. The "settling down" comes wilh maturity all animals settle down simply by aging. 6) "Spayed and neutered pets get fat." This is an excuse used by persons who nverfeed and under-exercisc their pets and are embarrassed by the un- sightly appearance of lliat pet. Again, ago and maturity. Ihe animal, spayed, neutered, nr nol burns fewer calories sleeping peacefully on her-his rug lhan she-he did as a young puppy or killen chewing up your socks or chasing a ball of yarn. Now here is a lisl of lil'.ASONS for having a pet spayed nr No heat periods for the female pet. No costs or problems in hav- ing Ihe pel confined during such times. No problems in having to raise or dispose of an unplanned or unwanted litter. No contribution lo Ihe over- population of pels. No fighting, injuries or dangers for Ihe male pel. Decrease in the chances (if Ihe female pel having mam- mary cancer or uterine infec- tions in later years. The pleasure of owning a calm, lovable and contented1, house pel which is safe and secure all of the time. Knowing you are a responsi- ble and deserving pet owner. Officials Answer I'm 71 and want to apply lor supplemental security in- come payments. What papers will 1 need when I go lo the so- cial security office to apply? You'll need some proof of your age. the amoiiul and sources of any income you have, lax assessment notice or oilier document showing Ihe value of any properly you own, and any life insurance policies you may have. If you si ill have questions about what to bring wilh you, rail Ihe snrial sivnri- ly office before coining in. I understand that there Is delayed retirement credit oi one perrenl a year lor each year after 65 lor which a worker doesn't gel social security payments. Will I still get some credit il It's only part of a year.? Yes. delayed retirement credit is figured nil a monlhly basis, r'or each nionlh from K> Ihrougli 72 lhal you don'l gel anv benefits, you gel a special credit nf one-half of one per- i[ vou'vc before reci-ixed any social sciurih payments nil your work record. The Codor Unpick Social Security officp is (ocolorJ in room 100 SGA huilding, Second slreol SE. niimbor is 366-241 1, nxlnmi'on 431. EFFECTIVE THRU WED. NOV. 13th STORE HOURS OPEN ll.m. MONDAY-PKIIMY 9 ti.m.-A p.m. SATURDAY 9 ti.m.-A p.m. SAT IIPKN IM d.m. S >U m POTTING 1 1 f V fi Express Field Load REMINGTON Vaseline 4 Ib Bag INTENSIVE i BATH BEADS REGULAR Only 1 6 oz. Package F r M High-potency vitamin formula with minerals 11 30 FREE'with 100 No More Tears JOHNSON'S 11 oz. 25 Count Cold Tablets..............Br 4 oz. 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