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Spaying and neutering are essential for decreasing animal overpopulation

While animal rescue workers continue to increase efforts to further adoption and connect lost pets with owners, the animal overpopulation problem will not be reversed until pet owners become dedicated to spaying and neutering, according to a new report from the Billings Gazette.

"It's important for the public to understand the depth of the problem," Chris Anderson, director of Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, told the news outlet.

In 2010, the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana, had more than 560 cat adoptions. However, the number of euthanasias was even greater.

Animal rescue workers are also promoting the spaying and neutering of feral cats.

"I think we're making a difference in the number of feral animals," Ellen Gauthier, director of the non-profit Animal Foundation, told the news source.

Animal rescue shelters receive between 5 to 7 million new pets each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. There are more than 93 million household cats in the U.S., estimates the Humane Society.
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