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Why Spay/Neuter?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that we are asked every day while promoting spay/neuter. For us in animal welfare we look at the number of animals dying in shelters every day, and that’s our primary answer — we spay/neuter to stop the killing of pets.

Spaying/neutering your pet provides many benefits to pets, their owners, and the community by:

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• Reducing pet overpopulation
—About 70,000 cats and kittens are born daily in the U.S., and approximately 60% are killed in shelters.
—By spaying and neutering your pets, you can help reduce the need for more animal shelters – there by saving tax dollars.

• Improving your pet’s health
—Neutering a male cat or dog by six months of age prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease, and hernias.
—Spaying a female cat or dog prevents pyometra (an infected uterus) and breast cancer. Breast cancer is fatal in about 50% of female dogs and 90% of female cats. Having this done by 5 months (definitely before the first heat) offers the best protection from these diseases.
—With an older, seriously ill animal, anesthesia and surgery are more complicated and costly in unfixed pets.

• Improves your pet’s behavior
—In female cats and dogs, spaying eliminates “heat” periods, which includes bloody discharges in dogs and frantic pacing and wailing in both dogs and cats.
—Neutering male dogs and cats usually stops them from spraying foul-smelling urine, stops embarrassing mounting behavior, reduces their aggressiveness, and reduces their desire to roam in search of a mate.

• Reduce expenses
—Owners of unneutered male cats and dogs often incur large veterinary bills as a result of fighting with other animals or getting hit by a car as they search for a mate.
—Owners of unspayed female cats and dogs must care for mothers and their offspring.
—In many locations, owners of spayed or neutered cats and dogs receive a discount on local licensing fees.

• Improving your community
—Homeless animals eliminate in neighborhood yards, pass diseases, spread fleas and flea eggs, fight and mate loudly in the middle of the night, turn over trash cans, and otherwise disrupt quiet, community life.
—Tax dollars are needlessly spent on euthanasia and other controls intended to eliminate these problems.

For more information on why to spay/neuter, click on the link below:
http://www.adoptapet.com/public/spay_and_neuter/index.html