We are grateful to so many of our advocates who weighed in with lawmakers. And we are especially grateful to our champions on Capitol Hill, to the White House, and to Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the two top Democrats on the appropriations committees, who were key in the fight to protect animals in this bill.
If a pound is going to kill community dogs, if rescuers are not going to find them homes, if robust transfer programs are not in place to get those dogs to a community where they could find homes, they, like the dogs in the Dominican Republic and cats in the U.S., should realize all the other benefits that would come of sterilization.
I won't and I don't criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions.