Solving the animal overpopulation crisis
for the benefit of the health, safety, and
quality of life of Houstonians
and homeless animals.
Dear Mayor/City Council Member
Houston's animal overpopulation crisis is not just a concern for animal lovers. With over one million animals on our streets, it is a public health, public safety and public relations problem for all of us who live and work in Houston. Presently, homeless animals are concentrated in low income neighborhoods but their numbers are growing. In some areas, residents cannot leave their home without seeing homeless, roaming and unwanted dogs, many of them injured or in bad physical condition. Also, often people in these areas are afraid to walk in their own neighborhood and there have been numerous reported and unreported attacks by dogs that have left residents or their pets injured and one person dead.
Houston's current animal control strategy is not working to reduce the problem. In 2013. BARC adopted out many animals and euthanized over 11,000 while the SPCA, Houston Humane Society, CAP and Harris County Animal Control adopted out and euthanized many others. However, there has been no apparent reduction in our homeless animal population.
I understand the city has initiated a program called Healthy Pets, Healthy Streets to spay, neuter, vaccinate and microchip pets in a small area north of downtown Houston. While I am glad to see this effort to address a long-ignored problem, the program's approach and focus are too limited and it has no dedicated source of funding. As such, it will have little to no impact on the overall problem. We need a publicly/privately funded, large-scale, comprehensive and humane approach for Houston that focuses on spay, neuter and community education.
Houston is not alone in facing this problem; other cities face similar scenarios and are struggling to come up with solutions. Some cities have already implemented programs and services to reduce animal birthrates and increase live release rates from their shelters. It is time we do the same here in Houston. Many of us love animals and find it difficult to live in a city that has hundreds of thousands of homeless, suffering animals on its streets and euthanizes many others at its shelters.
I urge you to work with other elected officials and civic and business leaders to develop a plan to address this problem. I will be in touch with you in the future to monitor what progress has been made.
Houston, we can do better than this!
Thank you for visiting Unity for a Solution, where we are a dedicated group of volunteers and partnered organizations solving the animal overpopulation crisis in Houston by addressing the source of the problem. Here's what we want everyone in Houston, especially our elected officials to know:
On May 20th 2015, Friends and potential Friends of Unity met to learn about Unity and express their ideas about the best solutions for our animal welfare crisis.