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Cesar Millan Speaks Out To Hispanic Community

Cesar Millan

Below is an article that Cesar Millan wrote on the Fox News Latino Site addressing his concerns about overpopulation of dogs, puppy mills, and hispanic misconceptions of spay/neutering. I thought it was a brave piece and worth reading whether you approve of Cesar Millan or not.

— Kenn Bell

Every year approximately 5 to 7 million animals enter our shelters, and 3 to 5 million are euthanized. This means about 60 percent of the dogs in our shelters will be killed. While those numbers vary from state to state, this is the broad scope of what is happening today in our shelters.

We have an overpopulation crisis. And no matter how well-intentioned or funded our shelters in certain communities may be, the bottom line when it comes to pet overpopulation is this: our shelters are overburdened, they don’t have enough room or resources, and dogs are being euthanized in devastating numbers. More are entering the shelters and never leaving than are going out to live happy, fulfilling lives as beloved canine companions.

This leaves us with a responsibility. As a whole, we are a humane country and we love our pets. But we need to look outside our homes and to our communities to help educate and raise awareness about the cruelty taking place.

First, we need to spay and neuter our pets, and make low-cost or free spay/neuter services available to all.

Second, we need to adopt and rescue, so that we make it impossible for puppy mills to survive and continue to abuse our animals with horrendous living conditions, producing litter after litter.

Third, we need to provide the shelters with support – both in funding and manpower. It has been my experience that most of them are well-intentioned and are doing the best they can with a limited amount of resources and an overwhelming burden.

But, we must stay vigilant, determined and committed, not letting the harsh reality hold us back from progress. I know we can do this. We have to work together each and every day to fulfill our collective vision of a life-long, healthy, and harmonious world for dogs and people.

With my background, we relate a lot of what we say and do to food. We need a recipe here for how to tackle these problems. First, we need to acknowledge our culture. Throughout time and especially in recent history, the Hispanic community has helped this nation to elect change, to grow, evolve, and has been a crucial part of the journey to what defines us as a country. We understand that we have to change our way of being and adapt to show our respect for the environment we’re in.

Hispanics, like many other cultures, pride themselves on being respectful to nature, but sometimes we inherit cultural beliefs that don’t necessarily add up to progress. For example, in our culture, some believe that if we get our dogs get spayed or neutered their value is decreased or diminished, they won’t be protectors of our homes, or they are going to feel bad about themselves or ashamed because they don’t have their reproductive apparatus. I’ll admit that I believed that when I first came to America, but I learned, I educated myself, and now it’s my desire to spread that awareness.

I would love for my Hispanic community to put that idea aside just for a moment, completely clear it out of their mind, so they can hear a message that can change and save millions of lives: the problem with pet overpopulation can be solved by our participating and adopting spay and neuter programs in our communities. The benefits to the health of our dogs physically and mentally will be noticeable and impactful. Allow your heart to lead your thoughts because this is when we make all things possible. We always want to know what we can do for others – this is a part of our culture, the “how can I help you” – so why not ask, “how can we help our dogs and community as a whole?” Join me and together let’s find another way to make history.

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Andrea Lichocki
9 years ago

Completely agree!

Suzy Street
Suzy Street
9 years ago

Cesar, First I would like to offer my condolences in the passing of “Daddy”, He was a fine dog, and I love to watch his approach and actions around other dog. He went a long way to teach people about Pit Bulls, and if there are any “monsters” around, we made them that way.
My concern is now on my Fernando. When times were good and even before, I donated $35,000 to the Texas A & M Vet college in Bryan, Tex and $10,000 dollars to our local animal shelter, Brazos County Animal Shelter. I was happy to do it. I worked with some very wonderful people to include on camera people with KAMU and KBTX. 
The problem I’m finding is now that I have changed locations to Oregon, and they are not to keen to talk to me, because times and fortune have changed for me. You know that old song, ” When your down and out, ain’t nobody wants you around”.
I unfortunately gave too much of my money away and now I find I have no voice with the powers that be and can’t find a way to help our four legged friends like I would wish to. (to include me own two four paw, babies, Kitty Tux and Fernando.) I can’t get the proper vaccinations, Spay/ Neutering, and health care for my loves and the poor people of Portland cannot either. As I see it, this is not only assistance for the poor on indigent but it’s a HEALTH Problem for the community, but the do-gooders, don’t see it.

 When you vaccinate an animal against rabies, you protect the child that might one day interact with the animal.

 I need some ideas that might get the attention of the “haves” so they may help the “have-not’s” that never though they would be in this situation. I have worked all my life (well, since I was 15, but have never see a job market like this one….this “I’ve got mine, and I don’t care if you get yours” attitude is breaking my heart. The middle class is disappearing and along with that will be households that either keep unvaccinated, unaltered, unhealthy, underfed animals in their homes or the animals run wild or are destroyed in animals shelters around the country in greater and greater number. I don’t know how to make myself heard anymore. Money talked, when I had it, but now my voice falls on deaf ears.

9 years ago

Hear, hear, Cesar! Thank you for your service to animals, thank you for caring enough to speak out.

9 years ago

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dog daddy.  I am a huge fan of yours like so many.  I am on the board fo directors for the Peanut Pet Shelter of Playa Del Carmen Mexico. It is very sad what we see on a day to day basis but we continue to rescue, spay or neuter and adopt out.  We have been open and growing for the last four years and its not easy. I have a home in playa and would like to invite you to our shelter, i know it sounds funny i but it doesnt hurt to ask.  We would welcome any advice you could give us presently we have 80 dogs and puppies and because of finances we cannot take in anymore.  please let me know your thoughts
sue silva
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