Solving the animal overpopulation crisis
for the benefit of the health, safety, and
quality of life of Houstonians
and homeless animals.
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:
Dear Council Member
Houston has a terrible problem with unwanted and homeless animals. By the city's own count, there are an estimated 1.2 million stray animals on Houston's streets (BARC statistic reported in "A chorus of help for homeless animals in the Houston area," Fox26 Houston, 9/21/12).
In some neighborhoods, residents cannot leave their homes or travel through the area without seeing homeless, roaming and unwanted dogs, some of which are injured or in bad physical condition. The problem is worsened in those areas by the fact that animals with homes are not spayed or neutered and produce unwanted litters that can end up on the streets.
Animal overpopulation hurts the quality of life for residents and animals. While it is concentrated in certain areas, it is spreading and is a problem for the entire city. If Houston is to become the modern, progressive and prosperous city it aspires to be, we must develop a better and more humane plan for reducing overpopulation. The city's current strategy, euthanizations and adoptions, is not working.
I urge you to work with other elected officials and civic and business leaders to develop a comprehensive and humane plan to address Houston's animal overpopulation. Community education and free and low cost spay and neuter for pets belonging to low income residents and other animals are the only solutions.
I will be in touch with you in the future to monitor what progress, if any, has been made on this issue.
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