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Wisdom From a Furry Friend: My story, Ferdinand, the American pit bull terrier
Wisdom From a Furry Friend
By Ferdinand, the American pit bull terrier
Hi. My name is Ferdinand and I am an American pit bull terrier. I am a real love bug, or that is what everyone here at the Humane Society of Washington County where I am staying tells me. Doesn't matter how old you are I think you are super. I am a very happy, just over one year old young man and I am very well behaved. I like to be with people and I love to cuddle. I am a big boy but I am a softie. If I had my way I would spend my day in a field watching the bumble bees as they travel from flower to flower. Or even better, I would love to chase snowflakes. Oh, what fun that would be.
You know, I think I should remind you that this is the beginning of kitten season. Each year the Humane Society of Washington County receives litters of unwanted kittens and puppies but the majority is kittens. It is very sad because when kitten season is fully underway they can receive up to 40 kittens a day. That results in terrible overcrowding and the threat of the spread of life threatening airborne diseases.
One way to stop this large influx of kittens is to spay and neuter your cats. The Humane Society of Washington County has programs to help defray the cost for spay and neuter surgeries. Generous people and organizations donate money to the programs throughout the year. The spay/neuter program called DogSNAP is funded from the sale of dog licenses so each time someone buys a license for their dog more money is available for that program. The funds are limited so people need to call and check to see if we have money for the programs.
Spaying and neutering an animal saves lives. Each year millions of unwanted animals end up in shelters. Many of those that do not find homes are euthanized. Spaying and neutering means those unwanted litters are never born. In addition to reducing the number of unwanted litters, spaying/neutering has been linked to a reduction in many behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct such as marking territory, humping and roaming. It has also been credited with reducing or eliminating the risk of conditions such as testicular cancer, prostatic hyperplasia, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and uterine infection. Reducing the desire to roam also lowers the risk of your dog being hit by a car, fighting, or biting people or other dogs. I hope you see the value in spaying/neutering your pets and call the Humane Society of Washington County to ask about their programs. They are there to help you.
Well, I will let you go now. If you think you would like meet me or if you know someone you think might like to have me in their family you are welcome to come see me. I am waiting for my new family. I hope they hurry because I want to run and play.
The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.
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