A Fresh Look at Spay/Neuter Legislation: The Journey to a Middle GroundZanowski, Gemma N. EsqJournal of Public Health Management & Practice: May/June 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p E24–E33 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318222a7f5 Research Articles Abstract In Brief Author Information 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, (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.