Spaying and neutering helps reverse the tragedy of pet overpopulation,
reduces your pet's chances of developing deadly, costly medical
problems, and improves your pet's behavior.
Too many homeless, hopeless animals...
Of the more than 30 million puppies and kittens born in the U.S. each
year, only one in 10 finds a permanent home, according to the American
Humane Association. The rest die of cruelty, starvation, disease,
poisoning, or accidents, or they end up in a shelter. Less than 35% of
shelter animals are adopted. Some 6 to 8 million adoptable dogs and
cats were euthanized (humanely killed) last year. The primary causes of
this tragedy: people who fail to have their pets spayed or neutered,
and who abandon or give up pets because of lack of commitment to
training the pet.
Sterilization of companion animals is the key to reducing this tragedy. Communities that have established sterilization programs have seen the number of pets euthanized drop by 30 to 60%.
Advantages for you and your pet
When to spay/neuter
Pets can become capable of reproduction as early as 6 months of age.
That's why pets should be spayed or neutered by age 6 months.
Sterilization can safely be done before that age, as endorsed by the
AVMA; the chief veterinarian of the Humane Society of the United States
recommends 4 months as ideal. Older pets can safely be sterilized as
well. This routine surgical procedure removes the reproductive organs.
It does not cause the pet pain or stress, and most pets recover within a day.
Every litter matters.
You can make a difference!
Make an appointment with your veterinarian to spay or neuter your pet
Or contact a local low-cost spay/neuter sources.
P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768
Written by Robin Tierney
|Last Updated: April 15, 2014 (LET)||PawSupport|