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The Importance of Spay/Neuter

Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. It costs the lives of millions of animals and costs communities millions of dollars a year.

Nationwide, the number of pets entering animal shelters is estimated to be 6 to 8 million. Only about 30 percent of dogs and 2 – 5 percent of cats are reclaimed by owners. Only about half of those remaining are adopted to new homes. The number of pets euthanized in shelters across the country is 3 to 4 million. (Estimates provided by The Humane Society of the United States.)

Pet Overpopulation MYTH Information

Pet overpopulation is the top reason pets are left homeless, abandoned and too often euthanized. And while the reasons people don’t spay/neuter pets vary, the reasons tend to be based more on myths than facts. MYTHinformation includes:

  • Myth: It’s too expensive.
  • Fixing your pet saves money over time and WAHS  offers financial assistance for income eligible families through our SNIP (Spay Neuter Incentive Program)
  • Myth: It will change the pet’s behavior.
  • Fixing your pet makes him or her a more affectionate companion. Dogs are still protective, male cats will stop spraying and female cats will be less likely to roam.
  • Myth: It will make the pet fat or lazy.
  • Fixing your pet doesn’t affect his or her weight or activity level.
  • Myth: It’s better for a female pet to have one litter first.
  • Spaying a female pet before she has her first heat reduces health problem and reduces the cost for the spay procedure.
  • Myth: It will make their male dog or cat feel less like a male.
  • Research has shown that pets have no concept of sexual identity or ego.
  • Myth: They will be able to find good homes for all the puppies and kittens from a litter.
  • The Humane Society frequently shelters puppies and kittens whose owners have been unable to find them homes. Sadly, not all of them find forever homes.
  • Myth: It’s unnatural to prevent a pet from breeding.
  • Domesticating dogs and cats is already an unnatural process.
  • Myth: It will make the dog less protective.
  • Spaying or neutering a dog doesn’t affect its natural instincts to protect, nor does it change its personality.
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