Don’t Contribute to Pet Overpopulation

January 4, 2016

The biggest challenge in the animal rescue world today is educating people about spay/neuter. For whatever reason, far too many pet owners fail to understand how important this surgery is to the well-being of their dog or cat, not to mention the problem of pet overpopulation.

Shelters across the United States are full of unwanted pets that owners failed to spay or neuter. When the animals become intact adults, problems set in. Intact male dogs and cats roam. They may disappear for days in search of females in heat. Or as they wander unchecked, they may become victims of cars and end up with broken bones or worse.

Female dogs and cats present other issues during the heat cycle that pet owners don’t want to deal with.  They will find numerous unknown male dogs or cats hanging around their homes, hoping to get to their female counterparts inside. Females in heat may mark their territories by spraying doors or furniture. And then there is the messy ordeal of pet diapers for their female animals.

Instead of having their pets spayed or neutered, too many owners just turn them into shelters. This results in too many wonderful animals being euthanized in over-crowded shelters each year.

The best way to avoid this is to commit to having your pet spayed or neutered before you bring it home.

Spaying your female dog or cat will prevent her from developing reproductive cancers which are common in females. By having her spayed before her first heat cycle, you will reduce her chances of contracting mammary tumors.

Intact male dogs are subject to testicular or prostate cancer.  Have your boy neutered to prevent those diseases. Neutering male dogs and cats reduces the marking of territory, roaming and aggressive behaviors.

Talk to your veterinarian about the pros and cons of having your pet spayed or neutered.

If cost is an issue, many areas of the United States offer low-cost spay or neuter services. Check with local pet stores, shelters and even newspapers and television ads for those notices. Your pet will live a longer, happier life and your relationship with your dog or cat will also strengthen if you have to deal with fewer problems.

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