City honors health official for work on pet population control

Posted on December 8, 2009 under Pet News (General)

City honors health official for work on pet population controlVeterinarians have noted that some dog owners hesitate to spay or neuter their pets because they want to protect the animal’s personality or sexual identity, preserve the option of breeding or prevent their pet from becoming lazy. However, industry experts are debunking these claims and promoting the benefits of fixing dogs to both households and communities.

In recognition of contributions to control of the pet population, two national nonprofit organizations, Adopt-A-Pet and Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS), will honor Dr Bain Cate and the Victoria Animal Shelter, the Victoria Advocate reports.

Cate, who heads the Victoria, Texas, health department, worked this year to obtain a grant from the Texas Animal Friendly license plate program, which allows pet owners using government assistance to have their animals spayed or neutered for no charge.

"We want to thank Dr Cate and his staff on behalf of all pet lovers for the work they did to implement the program that helped reduce pet overpopulation tremendously," PAWS president Cindy Schneider told the news source.

Will Armstrong, Victoria’s mayor, is expected to declare Wednesday "Dr Brian Cate Day" during today’s health department board of directors meeting.

The U.S. Humane Society estimates that 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year.