My research question is ‘Why is spaying and neutering your pets so important?’ To help me fully understand this topic I volunteered with and animal adoption program for my community work. I worked with Second Chance Companions, located inside the Gresham PetSmart.
Final Project Part 1
- LONGCORE, TRAVIS, CATHERINE RICH, and LAUREN M. SULLIVAN. “Critical Assessment Of Claims Regarding Management Of Feral Cats By Trap–Neuter–Return.” Conservation Biology 23.4 (2009): 887-894. Academic Search Premier. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
Summary (Academic): This article is all about our feral cat population and how it directly affects our environment. It is specifically about a process called Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR). It’s exactly what it sounds like. We capture feral cat, neuter them, and release them back to where we captured them. A volunteer then feeds them in the wild. This is a very controversial subject because the cats affect the rest of the natural world. A lot of scientists feel that this is something that should be dealt with by environmentalist instead of animals activists. This should be seen as an environmental issue instead of an animal rights issue.
This article directly relates to my research question (Why is it so important to alter your pets?), because we are the source of this issue. Our irresponsibility is the cause of our feral cat problem. If people simply get their animals altered, there would be far less accidental liters. We would still have to deal with all of the feral and free roaming cats, but that will be much easier to deal with once we stop adding to the problem. This article is interesting because it shows the feral cat issue in a different way. It gives a new perspective.
- White, Sara C., Ellen Jefferson, and Julie K. Levy. “Impact Of Publicly Sponsored Neutering Programs On Animal Population Dynamics At Animal Shelters: The New Hampshire And Austin Experiences.” Journal Of Applied Animal Welfare Science 13.3 (2010): 191-212. Academic Search Premier. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
Summary (Academic): This article goes over the impact of special programs that spay and neuter for the community (either at a discounted price or TNR). It goes over the difference before and after the programs started by looking at the difference in the number of pets in feral populations as well as the number of pets euthanized in shelters. It seems that it has made a difference. The number of animals in feral populations went down, instead of increasing. Also the number of pets being euthanized in shelters decreased.
This article is important to my research because it shows what a difference altering your pets can make. It not only reduces the number of pets that are put down in the animal shelters every year, but in the feral populations as well. The article not only goes over the difference in our country, but other as well. It shows that it really is an important thing to do, not only for the pet, but for everyone in the world. Altering your pets makes a difference in the number of pets, but also in the number of problems feral pets can cause, like disease.
- “Spay or Neuter Your Pet.” Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
Summary (Periodical): This article is all about the benefits of having your pets altered. Including many other questions you might have such as benefits, age, behavior differences, costs, and more.
This article is extremely important to my research because it touches on all of the important pros of having your pet altered. It’s written in very straight forward language and is extremely easy to follow. This is a good piece to include in my overall research because it touches on all of the major points of my argument in a quick over view.
- “Woodbridge Animal Hospital.” Woodbridge Animal Hospital. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
Summary (Periodical): This article goes over the positives and negatives of having your pet altered, so it’s a little less one sided. It also breaks up the information by male and female. It is also very easy to follow and gives a lot of useful information.
I chose this article because it also listed negatives. Any good argument can acknowledge that there are other aspects to the subject. Showing the negatives as well as the positives will make it easy to see that the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. This piece helps to make argument and research much stronger.
Final Project Part 2
For my final project I decided to post onto the Oregon Humane societies website. I chose seven different pieces of information to post so I had a wide variety of theses to add to their cite.
Here’s a selection of the sites where I posted:
Authors Note: I really enjoyed researching this topic. I learned a lot of things that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. I liked all of the medical reasons why we need to alter our pets. Hard facts are always hard to not acknowledge. The information that really hit home for me is going to my adoption center every week and seeing how all of the animals, while very well taken care of, are starved for attention. They never want you to leave. It’s so hard to have to out all of them back into their kennels and say goodbye. It’s like say good bye to a child locked in a cage. They didn’t do anything wrong, they simply don’t have anywhere else to go.