It’s a sobering fact: 4 million animals are euthanized in US shelters every single year.
Here’s another sobering fact: that number could be greatly reduced if people would simply spay and neuter their pets, preventing unwanted litters.
February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to remind you that not only will “fixing” your pet help with the massive over-population problem that exists today, but it’s also the healthy option for your canine friend.
Did you know that:
- Dogs develop breast cancer three time more often than humans, but the chances for cancer are decreased by spaying your female dog before her first heat cycle.
- The chances of uterine infection and ovarian cancer are also reduced by having your dog spayed.
- Neutering your male dog reduces the risk of testicular cancer.
- Altered pets are, in general, calmer and more well-behaved than those who have not been “fixed”. Spay or neuter your pet and you’ll see less frustration, aggression, dominance, and other behavioral issues.
In addition to the health benefits of spaying and neutering for your pet, let’s not forget that it helps save lives of homeless animals, sitting in shelters, waiting on homes.
Even if you take the time and do the legwork of finding safe, loving homes for your pet’s offspring, shelter animals still suffer. There aren’t endless homes out there, and every home you find for your puppies or kittens takes away a home for an animal that’s already waiting in a shelter or rescue.
Ignore the myths. “Fixing” an animal won’t change its personality or cause it to get fat. Allowing your female pet to have “just one litter” is neither healthy or necessary for her. And allowing your children to experience “the miracle of birth” is a ridiculous excuse for contributing to the already out of hand problem of over-population.
There is, in my opinion, simply no good reason to allow your pet to produce a single litter of puppies and kittens.
There is every reason to be a responsible pet owner and have your pet spayed or neutered.
There are many low-cost and free spay and neuter clinics around the country, so cost should not be a factor when it comes to doing the right thing for your pet and your community. Click here for a list of clinics by state, but please note this list is not all-inclusive. If you don’t see a clinic in your area, go to Google and search for one in your city and state. They’re out there – you just have to look for them.
This month – and every month - please help me spread the word about responsible pet ownership. Remind your family and friends of the health benefits of spaying and neutering, and of the 4 million shelter animals that will die because there simply aren’t enough homes for all the pets already in existence.
And to help those shelter animals find homes before it’s too late, won’t you please visit our Facebook page? We’re saving lives each and every day, but we need YOU!