In the United States today there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering shelters every year. A large percent of these animals are a product of over producing. Unfortunately, half of these animals aren’t adopted and this leads to them being euthanized. Spaying/neutering is the only method that is 100% effective in birth control for cats and dogs! However there are many questions about spaying/neutering.
Are there certain benefits to getting my pet spayed/neutered? Spaying/neutering doesn’t just prevent your pet from having babies; it also has incredible health and behavioral benefits. According to several reports, it has been proven that pets that are spayed/neuter live a longer life compared to ones that aren’t. So you don’t just prevent over population – you expand your best friends life span!
Behavior benefits are surprisingly one of the key reasons owners will get there pet fixed. Neutering aids in preventing marking issues – even in cats! It also can minimize howling, fighting, the urge to roam and attacking others. Along with reducing the number of homeless pets that are killed each year you will improve your pets health and reduce unruly behavior.
How much would it cost me to spay/neuter my pet? Depending on the animal clinic, the price can range. Some places charge way more than they should. Don’t ever think you can’t afford it – there are many shelters, veterinarians and organizations that provide low cost surgeries or reduced fees for owners!
I don’t have a pet but I want to help the cause, what can I do? Donate! Any type of donation to shelters and clinics is always beneficial! By donating money to specific organizations you are ensuring that shelters and clinics can afford to spay every animal that walks through that door! You can also promote awareness to the cause. Posting on social media gets peoples attention – let them know about the cause!
Every year 4 millions cats and dogs are put down in shelters across the nation. Millions more suffer horribly on the street. By spaying/neutering our pets we are ensuring that over breeding wont occur and each pet gets its chance to have a home! Every day is spay day!
For more information on Spaying/Neutering your pet, or simply to help the cause, visit The Humane Society.