Spring is coming and we all know what comes with spring, kittens. Although there are groups in the area that offer discount spay and neuter operations, it seems that many people still don’t understand the need to have their cat altered.

There are more cats than there are homes available for them. Many people who have cats have more than one. Don’t call them crazy cat people. They love cats and they understand the over-population problem.

One cat can have up to 180 kittens in 15 years. If at least half of those kittens are females they can have another 16,200 kittens in 15 years then this grows to 1,458,000 kittens. You get the point.

Spaying or neutering your cat does not make it fat or lazy. Cats that are spayed or neutered are healthier. They live much longer than animals that are not spayed or neutered. Intact cats have a greater chance of getting breast, uterine, or testicular cancer. Cancer is a mean beast that no pet owner should have to deal with.

One of the main groups in the Kansas City area that offers discount spay/neuter services is Spay and Neuter Kansas City. Their number is 816-353-0940. They have a great reputation and do wonderful work.

If your cat or dog is not spayed or neutered, please take actions to get them altered as soon as possible. They will be healthier and everyone will be happier.

Don’t forget that this Saturday is the Sweetheart Bingo event, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, 2323 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Please join us for a fun-filled evening of dinner, Bingo, raffles, and silent auction items.

Admission is $10 and extra bingo cards will be available for $1 each. We will also have a kissing booth manned by some of our Animals Best Friends adoptable dogs. Kisses/licks are $1 each. Come and bring your friends and family. We hope to see you there!

ABF is looking for volunteers for various jobs at their rescue facility, who are dependable, hard-working individuals and have a love for animals. If interested, go to www.animalsbestfriends.org or call 816-254-8664.

Learn about pets and related topics at http://www.catsdogsandpolliwogs.com.

Animals Best Friends wish list includes: 4 Health dog and cat food (grain free and found at Tractor Supply), cow hooves or rawhides, canned dog and cat food, peanut butter, stuffed toys (no beads), HE laundry detergent, bleach, bleach spray cleaner, Fantastic spray cleaner, newspapers (without slick ads), paper towels, scoopable cat litter. ABF Headquarters is located at 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. We appreciate your support.