Joplin,MO-It's a problem that gets bigger each year, and pet owners are encouraged to help stop it.
The Humane Society of America has designated today as National Spay Day.
Dr. Regan Rikner is a veterinarian at the Main Street Pet Clinic in
He says spaying and neutering can be healthy for your animals.
The clinic offers the service for people with low income and it can average about 50 dollars.
Rikner says it's amazing how many animals can come from one litter.
Around 12,000 animals are housed at the Joplin Humane Society each year.