Last year, about 19,000 cats — 70% of those brought to the county’s six shelters — were euthanized. At the¬†Baldwin Park shelter, 78% of cats brought in were killed. The problem is that stray cats breed faster than people can adopt their kittens. That’s why L.A. county recently voted that¬†cat owners in unincorporated communities spay and neuter their pets.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said,”I’m strongly for it, referring to the spay-neuter mandate. “But I want to make certain that if you’re ordering people to do things, they can actually afford to do it.”

No matter where you live, spay or neuter your cat. If you can’t do that, at least make sure that any kittens your cat has can find a good home. The last thing you want is to have a cat put down unnecessarily.

To read more about the possible spay-neuter mandate in L.A. county, click here.