I took Cookie in for her Rabies shot today and learned that from the new animal ordinance in Albuquerque (effective last Fall), pets are required to be microchipped. That was a $40 surprised that popped up at the Vet’s office, but I suppose it could come in handy if she ever got loose. According to the ordinance, you also must spay or neuter your animal or pay a $150 “intact permit” each year. And if you want to breed your animals, you must obtain a $150 “litter permit” every 6 months. I don’t understand why people feel the need to breed their animals. Here’s a site that talks about why you should spay and neuter your pets and discusses the excuses that people often give as to why they don’t want to spay and neuter their pets. There’s so many animals being euthanized because they don’t have a home… we certainly don’t need to add any more to the problem. If you’re looking for a pet, check at your local animal care center. If you’re in the 505, check here.