Spaying is for female animals and neutering is for males. By spaying a female, she cannot become pregnant and have millions of baby puppies or kittens. By neutering a male, he is unable to impregnate a female animal. Both are surgical procedures and these surgeries and the animals are under general anesthesia and cannot feel any pain. The term “fixed” is another term for saying that the animal has been either spayed or neutered.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, on any given day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. That’s thousands of newborn litters left without a home. By spaying and neutering our pets, we truly can “fix” the problem of pet overpopulation.
Evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier, even at the young age of eight weeks!
As adorable as one or two litters may be to children, imagine those animals being euthanized in animal shelters because they don’t have a home. Teach your children to value the miracle of life by spaying and neutering your pets.
One of every four pets brought to animal shelters are purebred. Purebred or not, all animals who haven’t been spayed or neutered contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation.
A dog’s natural instinct is to protect its home and family. Neutering or spaying your pet has no effect on your dog’s innate personality.
Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not have a sense of sexual identity. Your pet will not feel any less manly or masculine after being neutered.
It is highly unlikely and there is no guarantee that a puppy or kitten will be a carbon copy of your favorite pet. As cute as you believe your pet may be, there are thousands of even cuter, sweeter and lovable pets waiting to have a family and home of their own.
You may be one of the thousands of families who are responsible in finding their pets’ litters a home; however, what about those other families who aren’t? Thousands of puppies and kittens end up homeless and compete with other stranded animals for a home because families don’t know what to do with them.
There are hundreds of low-cost spay and neuter service facilities all over the United States and many non-profit organizations supporting them! Call your local veterinarian or animal shelter for a list of recommended facilities near you or click on the link below for organizations that can help.