Some organizations, although their primary goals are not concerned
with the preservation of the natural environment or wildlife as such, nevertheless make
significant contributions to wildlife. Groups such as the SPCA and SAVE-A-PET
encourage the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs, and work to control strays and
abandoned pets. In many instances, animals would otherwise be free to roam in
natural habitat where the injury and death of wildlife has been well documented.
Damage is particularly heavy during the nesting season and when young wild creatures are
learning to fend for themselves.
a nonprofit organization of active members and supporting volunteers and contributors. Our
goal is finding good homes for stray or unwanted cats and dogs. Pets awaiting adoption are
sheltered in the homes of our volunteers. We do not euthanize healthy, adoptable pets
they remain in our foster care until adopted, however long that may take.
Save-A-Pet was incorporated in 1977 and is funded by tax-deductible contributions and
money raised through our fund-raising activities.
In addition to working to provide
good homes for dogs and cats in need, we also work to educate the public on responsible
pet ownership. One of our main goals is to promote the spaying/neutering of all pets,
which would reduce the population of unwanted pets. Unwanted pets are often abandoned and
become "strays" who not only live in peril, but also have a negative impact on
Responsible pet ownership also means
that pets are not allowed the opportunity to interact at will with wild animals. We urge
owners to provide adequate exercise and space for their dogs through the use of fenced
yards or on-leash walks. We urge cat-owners to maximize the life span and health of their
pets by keeping the cats in the house. While these points are important for the safety of
the dog or cat, they also protect the wider environment. Free-roaming dogs, whether
individuals or in packs, will forage in garbage or prey on farm animals or wildlife for
sport or in order to survive. Feral cats, whether as individuals or in colonies, carry
diseases that can affect humans and/or other domestic animals or wildlife. In addition,
roaming cats will be hunters, which will negatively affect some wildlife populations.
Save-A-Pet also encourages political
action on issues such as more local government provisions for stray cat care (many
communities have "dog catchers" or someone who can pick up injured dogs in
hit-and-run incidents, but no provisions at all to deal with stray or injured unowned
cats). We have also joined efforts to lobby for stricter animal abuse laws.