Dog and cat population control statement updated

Published on January 01, 2005
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The AVMA has updated its position on Dog and Cat Population Control. The revised statement accounts for advances in knowledge about the causes of overpopulation and relinquishment, the importance of appropriate pet selection, prepubertal sterilization of dogs and cats not intended for breeding, and prevention and resolution of behavioral problems.

Data from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy are incorporated into the revised document, which was drafted by the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.

Within the updated statement, the AVMA concludes that dog and cat population control "is a primary welfare concern of our society." In addition to public policy measures, the AVMA believes efforts must be in the areas of research and public education to reach the goal of reducing the number of dogs and cats that are abandoned or relinquished each year.

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