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Updated: March 19, 2013 6:09AM
Bill would save state money, and save animals’ lives
Every minute about eight dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, due to a lack of available homes. Our country spends between $100 and
$400 per animal to pick up and care for strays — before euthanizing many of them at taxpayer expense. As a lover of animals and a taxpayer, I’m writing today to spread the word about a way we can all help reduce the number of animals killed each year and save millions of dollars in the process. I’m talking about House Bill 1501, which creates
the Indiana Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Fund.
This bill establishes a fund so low-income Hoosiers can have their pets spayed and neutered at no charge. Veterinarians who agree to provide this service are reimbursed for each procedure through this fund. Expensive? In reality, creating this fund would save Indiana taxpayers money as it reduces the financial burden of containing, caring for and then destroying unwanted animals. Other states that have implemented successful spay/neuter programs have saved taxpayers $3 for every $1 spent on the program, and they’ve reduced the senseless killing of homeless pets.
I’ve seen this burden firsthand as a founder of Lakeshore PAWS, an animal rescue organization in Porter County. Since May 2011, we’ve rescued more than 500 dogs and cats that would otherwise have lived in cages or been euthanized. We know it costs up to $400 to rescue each animal. Sadly, we can’t save them all because more unwanted animals are born each day. We’re aware of the research that demonstrates that many of these animals are born because their owners can’t afford to sterilize their pets and they also can’t afford to feed the additional puppies and kittens.
To support these animals, support
HB 1501. Sign our petition by visiting
www.raiseyourpaw.org and let your legislators know you’re in favor of this bill. Won’t you raise your hand in favor of this legislation that benefits both animals and taxpayers at the same time?
Founder, Lakeshore PAWS
Keep Social Security out of the national debt debate
In reference to the letter by Ken Yatsko, of Kouts, in the opinion section Jan. 22: He’s right that Social Security should not be part of the national debt debate. It has nothing to do with the national debt. Do some means testing and, most of all, tell Washington to keep their hands out of our piggy bank. Social Security has always and will always have trillions in reserve so long as politicians quit raiding our surplus. It should be a crime for them to “borrow” money and never pay it back (it’s a crime for regular citizens). Just think of where Social Security would be now if they just paid back what they borrowed, not to mention the interest. Most of our national debt is owed to Social Security.