Why Spay/Neuter

Why Should I Spay/Neuter My Pet?
The Facts vs. The Myths

You can help save thousands of animals that will be born
unwanted and destined to be homeless
by spaying and neutering your pets




MYTH - A female should have one litter before she is spayed.
FACT - 70,000 puppies and kittens are born each day in the US. As a result, MILLIONS of dogs and cats are euthanized annually. There are not enough homes for them all.

MYTH - My pet's personality will be changed and he'll become aggressive.
FACT - A spayed/neutered animal is better behaved. A study done by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and The Humane Society of the United States, reveals that none of the more than 300+ fatal dog attacks involved neutered dogs. Evidence shows that pets that are sterilized are less likely to fight, roam and will lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.

MYTH - It's healthier not to have my pet spayed.
FACT - Spaying/Neutering your pet can prevent many types of cancer. Studies show that females spayed before their first heat are generally healthier. Neutering a male before six months of age prevents testicular and prostate cancer. Spaying/neutering are the most common surgeries, requiring a minimum of home care.

MYTH - My pet will become fat and lazy.
FACT - Contrary to popular belief, your pet will not get fat and lazy from sterilization and it will not alter your pet's personality. Lack of exercise and overfeeding causes overweight pets, not spaying/neutering.

MYTH - I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT - Regardless of whether you find good homes for all of your pet's offspring, you are contributing to the overpopulation problem. Each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters, many of whom will be euthanized for no other reason than lack of a home. There are MILLIONS of unwanted animals euthanized every year - PLEASE DON'T ADD ANY MORE.

MYTH - I want my child to witness the miracle of birth.
FACT - Letting your pet produce offspring that you have no intention of keeping or caring for teaches your child irresponsibility. There are books and videos that will teach your child about birth. It is no miracle to watch an animal be euthanized in a shelter for no other reason than lack of a home.

MYTH - Sterilizing is very expensive and painful for my pet.
FACT - Spaying/neutering is one of the most common types of surgeries, requiring a minimal amount of home care. Your pet will be back to normal routine in a few days. Sterilization is VERY inexpensive considering the compounded cost of letting your pet have a litter - two months of pregnancy and two months of raising the litter add up to a substantial cost. There are many programs available for reduced cost sterilization.


The Problem of Pet Over-Population: THE FACTS
Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments to shelter and ultimately destroy 10 million adoptable cats and dogs because of a shortage of homes.        
Source: Business Wire Features 2/16/99

7 dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the United States; only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for his/her natural lifetime; the other 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a [animal] shelter.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States

An un-spayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can add up to 11,606,077 cats in 9 years.
Source: SPAY USA

An un-spayed female dog, her mate, and all their puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, add up to 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
Source: SPAY USA

Approximately 25% of the animals in shelters are purebred.
Source: The Fund for Animals Kim Sturla

The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, or from animal rescuers; and 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States

Only 42% of cat owners and 39% of dog owners are aware of the pet over population problem.
Source: Massachusetts SPCA survey, 1993