Why Pet owners Should Spay/Neuter Their Pet
Specific Purpose: I would like my audience to understand the importance of spaying/neutering their pets.
A. Attention Getter: Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals.
B. Relevance: These are not just the offspring of homeless "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.
C. Credibility: I work at the San Marcos Animal Shelter as you can see by my shirt so I would like to do some clarifying on this issue.
D. Propositional Statement: Animal overpopulation has reached a crisis point in this country. Therefore I propose we all learn the importance of spaying/neutering our pets.
Transition: Before we discuss the solution, we must first understand the problems that animal overpopulation has brought ("Spay or neuter," 2009).
A. Again, Every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born.
1. It’s simple math – there just aren’t enough homes for all of these animals. 2. On average, 64% of all animals taken into shelters nationwide have to be euthanized for this reason
3. This accounts for 10-12 million every year.
4. At least 50% of the overpopulation problem is non-neutered males. Females can’t do it alone.
5. Purebreds account for 30% of all the animals in shelters ("Why you should," 2011).
Transition: This issue should be important to everyone in the room because it affects our community.
B. Communities spend millions of dollars to control and eliminate unwanted animals. Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks and the animal shelters are just to full.
C. The solution I propose is that we all