I know you have some tough cuts to make, but please do not cut the Animal Services budget.
This is an area of responsibility that will cost more later to fix than if you spend the money now to end the problem.
Other cities and counties have saved millions of dollars and thousands of lives by spending their funds on stopping the problem at its root. Henry David Thoreau said "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil for every one striking at the root."
The root of the animal overpopulation problem in Hillsborough County is simple:
1. Breeders are not taxed and regulated enough to keep from adding to the problem.
2. Owners are not fined enough nor caught often enough to ensure that their pets are spayed/neutered/tagged and chipped.
3. Too many vets and now breeders on the Animal Advisory Board have frustrated attempts to provide low cost spay/neuter/tagging/chipping.
The solutions to those problems are just as simple.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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