Spay and Neuter
Hundreds of cats and dogs are homeless, struggling as strays to survive in our region. Some of these cats and dogs enter into the shelter system, and if they are fortunate, find a forever home where they struggle no more. Other strays are adopted by good Samaritans in the community. But many are not so lucky to be rescued and untold suffering results, as they reproduce and compound the overpopulation. There are simply not enough resources to foster and rescue the increasing number of animals.
Ten reasons to spay or neuter your pet
1. Give your female pet a chance to live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying can help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat is the best way to protect them from these diseases.
2. Neutering prevents testicular cancer.
If you neuter your pet before six months of age, you can prevent him from developing testicular cancer.
3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
Female cats tend to go into heat four to five days about every three weeks during their reproductive season. To attract mates the female cat will yowl and urinate with much greater frequency, which could lead to an increased amount of messes in your house.
4. Your male dog won’t feel the need to sow his wild oats.
An unneutered male dog is biologically programed with the instinct to reproduce. This instinct could cause your pet to leave the safety of your home to search for a mate. During his journey he will face all kinds of dangers to his wellbeing like traffic or fights with other dogs.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
After neutering your pet, you and your family will become his primary focus. While unneutered dogs and cats ten mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your pet will be less aggressive if neutered early.
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to become fat—not neutering. Your pet will remain sleek and trim if you provide plenty of exercise and control how much they eat.
7. It will save you money in the long run.
It is much more cost-effective to have your pet spayed or neutered than to care for a litter, or any injuries your pet might receive while they are out looking for a mate.
8. Spaying and neutering your pet will help out your community.
Stray animals provide no benefit to communities, and actually cause a detriment. Strays can cause traffic accidents, property damage, and frighten children. Spayed and neutered animals will not have litters. Less litters equal less strays, and less strays mean there will be less negative impact on your community
9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10. Spaying and neutering helps prevent pet overpopulation and pet homelessness.
Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized every year, and millions more are strays with no one to feed them or take care of them. This is a result of unplanned litters that could have easily been prevented by spaying or neutering.