Short list of points summarizing Brevard County animal welfare situation and needs.
- Brevard Animal Services & Enforcement (BASE), with about a $3,500,000 annual budget, kills nearly 8,000 homeless pets each year.
- It costs you, the tax payer over $200 for each animal BASE kills.
- A low cost vet clinic
can spay or neuter a cat or dog for around $35 to $60, preventing them
from producing multiple litters of unwanted puppies and kittens.
- The "No-Kill Equation" is a detailed proven approach to greatly reducing the need to kill homeless pets. Read the book "Redemption"
by Nathan Winograd to learn more. Under "No-Kill" only hopelessly
sick, injured, or crazy animals would need to be euthanized.
- There are several animal welfare groups in Brevard County working in various ways to help reduce the needless killing.
- Rescue, foster, and adoption
starts by removing at risk cats and dogs from life threatening
situations (over crowded kill shelters and free roaming kittens for
example). The rescued animals are provided with a temporary
home, veterinary care, and taught to be good pets. Then the
foster pets are offered for adoption for a small fee through
participating local pet stores, websites, and local advertising.
- By adopting a rescued animal instead of buying from a breeder, you can save money while saving a life!
- Community awareness and participation can significantly reduce the preventable killing of homeless animals, starting with spaying and neutering pet cats and dogs.
- There are many ways each and every person can help according to their abilities and available time. Thr only requirement is to care about animals.
- Many pet cats have already been spayed or neutered -- most feral or free roaming community cats have not been spayed or neutered.
A female cat can have up to 4 litters of up to 4 kittens each per
year, starting at age six months. Homeless kittens suffer an
infant mortality rate near 75%.
- A large, well supported Trap-Neuter-Return
(TNR) program can greatly reduce the number of homeless cats and
kittens without killing cats, by spaying and neutering free roaming
cats. The TNR program in Brevard has spayed and neutered over
9,000 cats so far. It would be even more successful if it
received better cooperation, support and and less obstruction from