The Challenge

            Every day, thousands of puppies and kittens are born because of uncontrolled breeding of pets.  Add to that the number of offspring of stray and abandoned companion animals and the total becomes staggering.


          Too many companion animals competing for too few good homes is the most obvious consequence of uncontrolled breeding.  Unfortunately, living creatures have become throwaway items to be cuddled when cute and abandoned when inconvenient.  In fact, the main reason for cat overpopulation is feral, free-roaming animals.  Our society is literally "loving our animals to death."


          And now, the poor economy and high unemployment rate has led to more backyard breeding and more strays on the street as people find it difficult to keep their pets or find them new homes.  Increasing requests for low-cost spay and neutering pour in from pet owners finding it increasingly difficult to pay for surgeries.


          Our goal at The Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force is to change the perception that dogs and cats are expendable.  The end result is to provide a humane solution that would eventually manage the pet overpopulation to a number that would make it possible for all adoptable animals to find a safe and loving home.


          "I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something: and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do."

          ~ Edward Everett Hale, 1794-1865, American Orator and Statesman