Based out of Cumberland, WI, the Purple Cat Mobile Veterinary Clinic travels for the purpose of providing important veterinary services to low-income pet owners who would have poor access to such services under normal circumstances. One excellent example is vaccination, which can help pet owners keep their pets in excellent health. However, it should also be noted that the mobile clinic provides both spaying and neutering as well, which are critical for bringing the problem of pet over-population under control. For those who are curious, the Purple Cat Mobile Veterinary Clinic started up when Dr. Angie Ruppel spent some time providing veterinary services for cats following a tornado in Chetek, WI, which she found to be so interesting that she has continued providing them in this manner ever since that time. Of course, the efforts of Dr. Ruppel and her team won’t be enough to solve the problem of pet over-population on their own, but they are nonetheless a helpful part of the solution that is being implemented step by step in the United States and Canada.
Why Is This So Important?
In short, there is a huge surplus of pets, which in turn, means a huge number of strays. This is problematic for a number of reasons. For example, stray cats and dogs can be aggressive towards humans, which can be particularly problematic when they are carrying infectious diseases that can be transmitted to the same. Likewise, stray cats and dogs can be a huge nuisance, whether because they are producing loud noises, producing foul odors, coming into conflict with pets, occupying human spaces, or reproducing with surprising speed. For those who are unfamiliar with the numbers, a single female cat is capable of giving birth to a maximum of five litters on an annual basis. Most litters will have somewhere between three and five kittens, but it is possible for them to range from one to ten kittens. Based on this, it is clear that cats can increase the size of their population at an incredible pace, thus explaining why there is such a cat over-population problem in the United States and Canada.
Of course, the pet over-population problem is bad for the cats and dogs as well. Most of the cats and dogs that become strays lack the skills needed to secure food for themselves, meaning that a high percentage of them will succumb to starvation. Moreover, even the ones that are capable of feeding themselves tend to be live miserable lives filled with hunger, sickness, and other serious problems, particularly since their breeding rates mean that there is a constant competition for very scarce resources. Due to this, it isn’t uncommon for people to come upon dead or dying strays, which makes for a depressing sight to say the least.
Some people might wonder why stray cats and dogs can’t be sent to animal shelters and other nonprofits that specialize in animal welfare. The answer is that said nonprofits take in millions and millions of cats, dogs, and other animals on an annual basis, but there are still millions and millions more that are out there on the streets. After all, animal shelters and other nonprofits have limited space, limited money, and a limited number of people to provide labor, meaning that they simply can’t take in all of the strays that can be found out there. Even worse, there is a serious limit to how many animals that they can help at any one time, which is why they are essentially forced to euthanize millions and millions of animals on an annual basis as well.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat this problem of pet over-population. For example, both spaying and neutering are useful for preventing excessive breeding. Likewise, animal shelters and other animal welfare nonprofits have been putting in a lot of effort to educate the general public about said issue over the course of decades and decades. Due to this, the over-population of pets is actually getting better over time, though the rate of progress is still nowhere near what a lot of people would like it to be. As a result, while Dr. Ruppel and her team won’t be able to solve the problem on their own, they are one of the countless people out there who are working towards said goal, whose efforts are indeed producing positive effects for both human and animal welfare.