There are not enough homes for the number of dogs and cats that we have and more are being born everyday. Being a responsible pet owner includes a responsibility to your pet and the pet population in general.
Every year millions of dogs and cats find their way into shelters and humane societies. Some are lost pets, abandoned pets, or pets that are brought in by their owners because they are inconvenient or impractical to keep. Millions of these dogs and cats will be killed because no one wants them.
In the United States, 10,000 humans are born every day. Compare this to the over 50,000 puppies and kittens born in the same 24-hour period. This makes it clear that there can never be enough homes.
In six years, one female dog and it’s offspring can be a source of 67,000 puppies. In seven years, one female cat and it’s offspring can produce 430,000 cats.
The cost of altering your pet is much cheaper than the cost of having a litter (i.e. veterinarian check-ups, special diet, feeding and medical costs for kittens or puppies ). Don’t forget advertising costs and sitting by the phone waiting for buyers. The worst is what to do with the leftover puppies and kittens.
Helping Your Pet, Yourself and Our Community
• Altering your pet allows him/her to live a longer and healthier life.
• A neutered male has less chance of developing prostate cancer.
• Spaying a female dog eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the chances of breast cancer.
• Altered pets are more affectionate and loving companions.
• Spaying a female dog will eliminate the mess of having her go through heat twice a year. Spaying a female cat will end the constant crying. Stud dogs and Toms will no longer visit if your female is spayed.
• Unaltered pets tend to exhibit behavior and temperament problems.
• Unaltered male cats tend to spray, run away, get into fights, and roam the neighborhood.
• Communities spend a small fortune to control and eliminate unwanted animals. Animal control has to pick up animals that are hurt or dead on the road. Shelters have the sad task of killing unwanted animals.
Spaying and Neutering A Simple Operation
Spaying a female dog or cat is the removal of their reproductive organs. A male dog or cat is neutered by removing both testicles. Your veterinarian can explain and discuss the best way to sterilize your pet.
Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Do your part to not add to the pet overpopulation. Spay and neuter your pet and keep them healthy and happy.