Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 10, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa •* % v- < i    4    {    ^    t •    •'    'Hb"j    «rf    .-    Ai    ,    ,    ,.j-.,    rn    •    >«    M Ifs The HUMANE Thing To Do I iiiiiiril—rn— By Susan Welsh Humane Society Auxillary At the present time there is ne birth control pill for pets, and there are very few spay-neuter clinics Therefore, it is the responsibility of the in dividual pot owner to see to it that his dog or < at is surgii ally sterilized Webster defines a pet as "an animal that is domesticated and kept as a companion or treated lovingly — with affection — especially liked " And these are the reasons people keep pets To live up to such a description, the pet owner must choose to have that pot spayed or neutered lf he doesn t. Ut* will more than likely be responsible for adding to the number of surplus pet animals which must be 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 with his pet. Some of the more common excuses (not reasons) pet owners give for not haying this pet sterilized are as follows 1) “She’s going to he a house pet. so there won t he any rhanre for 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 to do so simply bet aune it is a natural instinct for her At this time the female dog or cat. confined in your home, can he almost impossible to live with. She will become irritable. noisy and nervous She will leave stains on carpeting and furniture, and yotlr yard or doorstep will be filled with would-be suitors, fighting with one another and soiling lawns and shrubbery. The fenced-m yard is not going to keep them out and it may not keep her in At a time like this, animals have an uncanny ability to dig, climb, scale. jump or almost fly around any barrier. The nnn-neutered male cat has a habit of spraying walls, drapes, furniture with nasty smelling urine — not a pleasant experience for any pet owner. The male dog will want to spend more of his time roaming and romancing — probably fighting — than staying home being a companion 2) “It rusts im much ta have the surgery dune ” Does it now, Consider what you have just spent on cleaning, repairing and replacing drapes, carpets and furniture — and the chore of deaning up the yard after the suitors have gone. Is it worth being upset and angry with your pet for keeping you awake with her whining, pacing and howling’ Or how much do you s|M*nd lo have the pet hoarded during these times — and these times do happen at regular intervals? All this adds up to as much and probably more than the cost of the surgery. Most veterinarians would want to make certain an animal was in good health prior to any surgical procedure and there are costs involved in determining this He also utilizes expensive equipment and trained personnel to further cut down risks to the* animals. Any good pet owner would want to he* assured of this tv im* of consideration and care for his pet The cost in volved is a small price to pay for a healthy and well-adjusted pet, which in turn makes for a happy and well-adjusted pet owner 3) “It seems unnatural — like he (or she) won t he a whole animal.” lins line* of thinking is unnatural. Perhaps this excuse-tnaker feels that someone is not a whole* person if he has ever had a tooth extracted It would seem more unnatural lo allow a pet to go through these frustrating in tervals, confined, confused and unable to understand why or what is happening It is e*ve*n more unnatural tohave to de-stroy animals boe alist* there is nothing e*lse* to dei with them (4) it might he fun to raise a litter.” Obviously the»se excuse* givers have never had the experience Puppies and kit -lens involve a lot of time — your time. The* mother may need special care or medic al attention before she has a litter and problems can develop with delivery. Unfortunately, all peds don't make good mothers e*ither Many, a devoted house hold pet would much rather spend her time with her people* family being a jx*t. than with her own family and this leads to added problems for both the* litter and (he owner Then, what to do with the young puppies and kittens ’ Find good homes for them ’ This is not always possible*. Take them to the humane shelter eir dog pound and let them find homes for them? National figures estimate that only almut one in ten of these type's of pets find a home 5) “A female needs to have a litter te settle her dawn'.” On the* contrary. She may become nervous, aggressive or overly possessive after motherhood. The “settling down comes with maturity — all animals se'ttle down simply by aging. fi) “Spayed and neutered pets get fat.” This is an excuse used by persons who overfeed and under-exercise their pets and are embarrassed by the unsightly appearance of that pet Again, with age* and maturity, the animal, spayed, neutered. or not — burns fewer calories sleeping peacefully on her-his rug than she-he did as a young puppy or kitten chewing up your sen ks or chasing a ball of yarn. Now here is a list of RKASONS feir having a pet spayed or neutered Nu heat periods for the female pet. No costs or problems in having the pet confined during suc h times. No problems in having to raise or dispose elf an unplanned or unwanted litter. No contribution lei the* overpopulation of pets. No fighting, injuries or clangers lor the male |>et. Decrease in the chances elf the female pet having mammary cancer or uterine infections in later years The pleasure of owning a calm, lovable and contented house pet which is safe and secure all of the time knowing you are* a responsible* and deserving ped owner. Mi, iv. . i The Cedar Rapids Gazette Sun . Nov IO. 1071 Vaseline You’ve Asked Abo ut Social Security Officials Answer I rn 71 and want to appl* for supplemental security income pavinents. What papers will I need when I go lo the social securitv office to apply? You’ll nee*d some proof of your age, the* amount and sources of any income you have*, a tax assessment notice or other document showing the* value* of any proper tv you own, and any life* insurance policies you may have, lf you still have questions about what to bring with you. call the social securi* tv office iH'fore coming in. I understand that there is delayed retirement credit «f one percent a vear l«r each scar aller fie terr which a worker doesn t gel social securitv payments. Will I still gel some credit if It s onlv part of a year.? Yes delayed retirement credit is figured on a monthly basis For each month from H.r> through 72 ilia! you don't get any benefits, you get a special credit of one-half of one percent — lf you've never before received any social securitv payments on your work record The Cedar Rapids Social Security office is located in room JOO, SCA building, 177 Second street St Telephone number is 366 741 I, extension 411 I7 M THERAGRAN-M High-potency vitamin formula with minerals 30 FREE with 10O No Moro Tears JOHNSON’S BABY SHAMPOO INTENSIVE CARE BATH BEADS REGULAR Only I 6 oz. Package I •Si 7 ox. Liquid 'HH I Rexall Cold Remedy Sale 25 Count Cold Tablets..............66* 4 oz. Children s Cough Syrup...... 4 oz. Cough Formula...........  66* Nasal Spray Mist Decongestant - lf 4! 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