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A Fresh Look at Spay/Neuter Legislation: The Journey to a Middle Ground

Zanowski, Gemma N. Esq

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: May/June 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p E24–E33
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318222a7f5
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A hybrid body of regulations is recommended containing both mandatory spay/neuter and low-cost spay/neuter provisions that will reduce accidental litters, impulse buying, and other irresponsible pet practices. The majority of pet owners are well-meaning but often lack the financial, intellectual, or other resources to properly control the breeding behaviors of their animals. Full compliance with spay/neuter regulations is the most desirable solution to the pet overpopulation problem. A comprehensive rule structure will facilitate spaying and neutering in some circumstances and require it on others.

This article sets out to suggest a hybrid body of regulations containing both mandatory spay/neuter and low-cost spay/neuter provisions that will reduce accidental litters, impulse buying, and other irresponsible pet practices.

Revamped Rovers Dog Rescue, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

Correspondence: Gemma N. Zanowski, JD, (gemmazanowski@gmail.com).

The author thanks Ryan Dreveskracht for editorial assistance, manuscript review, and general support.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.