Why Spay and Neuter

Approximately 10,000 people are born in the U.S. each day. Approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. each day. The number of cats and dogs exceeds the number of loving homes willing and available.

 

Why Spay/ Neuter? 

 

Benefits 

 

 

Common Excuses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Why Spay/ Neuter?

 

Sadly, unwanted animals are often treated as a nuisance– incidents in which kittens are drowned or dogs are abandoned are common.  Many people drop animals off in rural areas, thinking that someone will take them in or that they will be able to fend for themselves. But the tragic fates that these animals face include cruel treatment, starvation, disease, freezing, being hit by cars, procurement for research laboratories, and more unregulated breeding.

 

Even if someone can find homes for one litter of kittens or puppies, the overpopulation cycle continues if the animals are allowed to breed. And animals from breeders occupy homes that could have taken in homeless animals, who ultimately will be destroyed.

 

In the U.S., animal control agencies and shelters receive approximately 6 to 8 million animals annually. Those who are not adopted within a week or two (3 to 4 million of them) are often killed either by a painless lethal injection or by inhumane methods, such as the use of carbon monoxide or decompression chambers. In areas where “pound seizure” is permitted, unclaimed animals may be given to or sold to laboratories.


Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

 

  • Spayed/neutered pets 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 prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems, and helps him avoid serious health problems like hernias and perianal tumors.
  • 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.
  •  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 dog or cat in the neighborhood to your yard!
  • Altered animals are generally more docile and easier to train.

 


 

Spay and Neuter: Common Excuses

 

 

1) My pet will get fat and lazy.

 

While spaying or neutering may diminish your pet’s overall activity level and natural tendency to wander, pets that become fat and lazy– altered or not– are usually overfed and do not get enough exercise.

 

 

2) We want another pet just like Rover and Fluffy.

 

Breeding two purebred animals rarely results in offspring that are exactly like one of the parents. With mixed breeds, it is virtually impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents.

Adopt a purebred animal or animal that resembles your beloved pet from rescue agency. Remember, 30% to 40% of animals that enter shelters are purebreds.

 

 

3) My pet’s personality will change.

 

Any change will be for the better. After being altered, your pet will be less aggressive, will have a better personality, and will be less likely to wander. Spraying (urine marking), which is often done by dogs and cats to mark their territory, diminishes or ceases after pets are altered.

 

 

4) We can sell puppies or kittens and make money.

 

Even well-known breeders are fortunate if they break even on raising purebred litters. The cost of raising such a litter — which includes stud fees, vaccinations, veterinary check-ups, quality food and other health care costs — consumes most of the “profit.” Well-known breeders raise breeds that they like. These breeders also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise.

Also, creating more animals for an already overpopulated world is irresponsible and literally kills shelter animals since your bred animals will take their homes.

 

 

5) My children should witness our pet giving birth.

 

Pets often have their litters in the middle of the night or in a place of their own choosing. Because pets need privacy when giving birth, any unnecessary intrusion can cause the mother to become seriously upset– resulting in an unwillingness to care for the offspring or in injury to the owners or to the pet.

Allowing an animal to create unwanted pets in an already over-populated world is teaching children irresponsibility more than it is letting them witness the miracle of life.  Please, rent a video if you want them to see a birth.

 

 

6) I am concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia.

 

Placing a pet under anesthesia is a very common concern of owners. Although there is always a slight risk involved, the anesthetics currently used by veterinarians are very safe. Many veterinarians use equipment that monitors heart and respiratory rates during surgery to ensure that their patients are doing well under anesthesia. Thus, the medical benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered far outweigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anesthesia. Consult your veterinarian if your are concerned about this aspect of the procedure.

 


 

Please, remember: the kindest and most responsible thing you can do for your pet is spay or neuter them!