"Please spay and neuter your pets!"
You hear it from veterinarians, animal rescues, The Price is Right, and more, but do you know why it's important?
There are many reasons why spaying and neutering is so important. The most
important reason is to prevent unwanted cats and kittens.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 530,000 cats are euthanized every single year in shelters. A single, intact female can have 2 to 3 litters of kittens a year, and each of those litters can be made of up to 8 kittens at a time. As her kittens will start having kittens of their own within 6 to 8 months, in just one year, the number of cats from one female can explode. In the average lifetime of an intact female, she can easily have over 100 kittens; in 7 years, a pair of breeding cats can create over 420,000 cats all on their own.
Those numbers are staggering.
All cats and dogs should be spayed or neutered before they can create more cats and dogs. We require that all our cats be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age.
Please, spay and neuter your pets. If you need financial assistance, we can help you find a lower cost clinic in the area.
Female cats and dogs are spayed when their ovaries are removed so they can no longer have kittens or puppies.
Male cats and dogs are neutered by removing their testicles. This prevents more unwanted kittens or puppies and reduces aggressive behavior towards other cats and dogs.
A general term used to describe a male or female cat or dog who has not been spayed or neutered and is capable of having puppies