Some Charleston animal lovers want to start a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic to reduce overbreeding of pet litters and curtail the sad death toll for castoff dogs and cats. Hurrah. The state capital area sorely needs this birth control.
Not long ago, the overcrowded Kanawha-Charleston humane shelter reported that it was forced to euthanize 4,861 cats and kittens, plus 2,707 dogs and puppies, in a single year -- simply because there was no way to keep them all.
This heartbreaking extermination could be limited if more people got their pets litter-proofed and stopped flooding the region with strays.
Not long ago, Putnam County animal rescue official Betty Wilson commented: "An unspayed female cat and all her offspring can, in seven years, bring 420,000 new kittens into this world. ... The statistics are staggering."
The proposed Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Center is seeking volunteer fundraisers to collect an estimated $500,000 needed to launch the clinic. We hope this noble project succeeds.