Why Should I Have My Pet Spayed/Neutered?
Animal shelters, both public and private, unfortunately are faced with an incredible burden: What to do with the overpopulation of dogs and cats for whom homes cannot be found. Estimates across the country indicate that over 10 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year, primarily due to the lack of available homes. Having your pet neutered ensures that you will not be adding to this tremendous burden.
What are some of the health benefits?
Through spaying/neutering, you can help your dog and cat live a happier, healthier, and longer life. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing that is a sign that a cat is in heat. Castration stops the mating drive in males, reducing the urge to roam, which in turn, reduces the risk of fights, injury, poisoning, accidents, and disease. If you have more than one pet in your household, all the pets will get along better if they are neutered. A long-term benefit of neutering is improved health. Early neutering nearly eliminates risks of developing breast cancer, and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine and testicular cancer.
Isn't it true that you only need to "fix" female dogs or cats?
Absolutely not! A male animal can father thousands of offspring in his lifetime. Roaming tomcats fighting other cats are a neighborhood nuisance and are prone to develop infections and abscesses from their fighting. An intact male may also develop the bad habit of marking his territory by urinating.
If I find homes for my pets' litters then I won't contribute to the problem, right?
Wrong. Only a certain number of people want pets. So every home you find for your pet's offspring takes away a home from a loving animal already at a shelter.
Shouldn't every female pet have at least one litter before being spayed?
No. In fact, your pet will be healthier if she never sexually matures. Despite claims to the contrary, her personality will not improve either. She is just as likely to become less social and more aggressive after having a litter, as she is to become calmer and gentler.
Won't animal shelters take care of the surplus animals?
No. Shelters do their best to place animals in loving homes, but the number of homeless animals far exceeds the number of available homes. This leaves many loving and healthy animals in our community who must be euthanized as the only humane solution to this tragic dilemma. Only spaying and neutering can end the overpopulation problem.
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