ensure that all pets in your community are spayed or neutered is a major way to
cut down on pet overpopulation and throw a monkey wrench into the operations of
some backyard breeders and puppymillers at the same time. Unaltered purebred
dogs and cats who for some reason become homeless can end up in filthy cages as
"breeding stock." Some of these "pet profiteers" aren't
even picky about the animal being purebred, as long as it looks like the
A frequent visitor
to the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project site sent the above photo of an on-going
fund-raiser being used to subsidize community spay/neuter programs such as
spay/neuter rebates and SNAP certificates for low-income pet owners who have
the procedure done at specific vets. Sewn catnip bags (or the stuffed crocheted
balls pictured here and advertised as "The Only Balls Your Cat Will Ever
Need") are made by volunteers using donated materials and sold at
participating area vets, pet supply stores, and other pet-friendly businesses
for $1 apiece.
While that doesn't
sound like much, you'd be surprised at how fast those $1 bills add up!
Note for those
who would like to try this at home: the "tip" jars are recycled 48-oz
glass applesauce jars, etched with custom-cut stencils from
Egress Etch, a
rescue-friendly business. The pattern for the crocheted catnip balls can be
downloaded for free from
Didn't realize that there are such things as kitten mills?