Why Spay or Neuter?
Nearly one-half of the eight million companion animals who enter shelters each year are euthanized through no fault of their own. Spaying and neutering saves lives by reducing the companion animal overpopulation. Change begins with you!
If you think that having just one or two litters won’t hurt anybody, this fact should change your mind: according to the Humane Society of the United States, 10,000 babies are born in the U.S. on any given day. On that same day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Match those two statistics up, and you’ll see that there will never be enough homes for all the animals born in this country unless we all take responsibility for spaying and neutering our pets. Change begins with YOU! Spay or neuter your pet!
- Spayed/neutered pets often live longer, healthier lives.
- Spaying your female pet greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Neutering your male pet provides partial or complete protection from testicular cancer and tumors; prostate tumors and infections; and perineal and inguinal hernias and infections.
- Males neutered at a young age are far less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related behavior problems, including possession and food guarding, territory marking (lifting his leg on everything in sight), aggression toward other dogs, and “humping” inappropriate objects.
- Neutering your male pet relieves him of the constant urge to go out in search of a female in heat. Ridding him of his urge to roam could very well save his life and save you from a terrible broken heart. According to Spay USA, surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered.
- Spaying your dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle and the mess that goes with it. Also, females in heat often cry and howl incessantly, develop nervous behavior, and attract every unaltered male in the neighborhood to your yard!
- Altered animals are generally more docile and easier to train.
- According to Spay USA: in the span of seven years, an unspayed female cat, her mate and their offspring can produce 370,000 kittens; in the span of six years, an unspayed female dog, her mate and their offspring can produce 67,000 puppies!