Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter

TOP TEN REASONS TO GET YOUR PET FIXED:

Spaying/Neutering your pets (at about 8-16 weeks) is good for you, good for your pets, and good for the neighborhood. Here’s why:

10. Your house will smell better!

Neutered pets have fewer tendencies to mark their territory or attract the opposite sex by spraying. That means no yellow stains on your white couch and a lot less air freshener.  Generally the earlier you get pets spayed/neutered the better the result.

9. You will have lower vet bills!
“Fixed” pets are less prone to a variety of diseases. For example, spayed females have a lower risk of breast cancer.

8. Less fighting and friendlier relations among pets!

A fight between two unaltered pets can be serious. Deep wounds can transmit deadly diseases such as FIV in cats.  Neutered males tend to be less aggressive to both animals and people, particularly if altered at an early age.  (Redirected aggression may occur, however, if the animal is ill or agitated and the wrong stimulus occurs.)

7. You move up to the front of the love line!

Your pets will stay contented to be with you at home instead of trying to outsmart you to get out and find a “friend” in the neighborhood.

6. Your pets (and you) will have less stress!

If you have ever gone through the nearly monthly yowling of a cat in heat or the embarrassment of you dog “humping” a guest’s leg and if you have had to “shoo!” away the neighbor’s pets who have “come calling”, you will get your pet spayed/neutered.  Trust us!

5. Your neighbors and the dog warden will appreciate it!

Number 6 also works the other way around.  Altered pets have lower tendencies to roam and are therefore less likely to annoy your neighbors.  Also, you will reduce the risk of your pet getting hit by cars or fall prey to wild animals … or the annoyed neighbor.

4. No “uh ohs!”

Female cats can breed as early as 4 months; dogs as early as 6 months!  To avoid those “accidental” litters, talk with your veterinarian about pediatric spay/neuter (8 – 16 weeks of age).

3. No unwanted litters!

Unfixed female cats can breed three times a year and have an average of 4 kittens per litter. Dogs can breed twice a year with litters of 6 – 10 puppies. The numbers appear to be staggering, but in just seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring (if they all live) can produce 420,000 kittens; one unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 97,000 puppies.

2. More homes for the homeless!

Nearly 35,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each day in dog pounds and animal control facilities across America in large part because people didn’t get their pet “fixed.”  In addition, 6-8 million dogs and cats are left waiting in shelters across the country. Every home found for one of your pet’s offspring takes a home away from an animal waiting in a shelter.

1. You can help prevent the number one cause of death and suffering in cats and dogs!

For each human baby that is born today across the United States, 45 cats and 15 dogs will be born. About half of these animals will be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes. In addition, countless homeless animals, who never make it into shelters, will suffer their lives on the streets – often becoming threats to public health and safety.  This makes pet overpopulation the major cause of death and suffering for companion animals.

The Solution is simple

Talk to your veterinarian about the proper care of your pet.  Ask questions. About our program.

On behalf of the thousands of dogs and cats who are suffering due to a lack of homes or shelters and the millions who will be euthanized this year, do the right thing.

Take responsibility for your pet!