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They Can't Use Condoms

But they can get shots. Are injections the future of pet sterilization?

Those of us involved in animal sheltering all dream of a world where shelters are not overwhelmed with unwanted dogs or cringing at the thought of yet another “kitten season.” For years, there have been hopeful murmurs about the potential for nonsurgical sterilization to make a huge dent in animal populations, but the drugs never seem to hit the market.

In November, however, I attended the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs’ Third International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control, and the information and work presented there made it seem like these murmurs may grow to a roar of excitement—though the question of when still remains.

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