Long Beach, CA, is considered one of the “most walkable cities” in America. The idea of spending a day outdoors may bring to mind bike riding, rollerblading or jogging with your four-legged friend. Soon, residents strolling through Long Beach won’t be seeing many strays in the area. According to a recent news article, the city of Long Beach recently passed an enforced pet population control ordinance. This ordinance will require all dogs over the age of 6 months to be spayed/neutered. There is already a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for cats in Long Beach. The new ordinance will go into effect October 1, 2015.
Pet overpopulation is a real problem in the United States that strains tax-funded animal shelters and contributes to the deaths of millions of animals each year. The problem arises from pet owners who do not set aside time or money to have their pets spayed or neutered. One might say, “I want to give an animal a loving home, but I do not have the money to get him/her spayed or neutered.” While these people may have good intentions, spay/neuter is a vital part of responsible pet ownership. In many cities, local animal shelters and nonprofits work with owners to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.
Take Action: Long Beach Residents, contact the city council and thank them for passing this ordinance. Non-Long Beach Residents, please contact your local city council and encourage them to pass a similar ordinance.