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Spay or neuter your pet

Too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

Shelters are overflowing. Each year, approximately 4 million pets are put to sleep. Let's "fix" the pet overpopulation problem. Look below to get in the know.

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Why spay or neuter?

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Reduce pet homelessness

  • If you think that just having one or two litters won't hurt anybody, this fact should change your mind: according to the Humane Society of the United States, 10,000 babies are born in the U.S. on any given day.
  • On that same day, however, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Match those two statistics up, and you'll see that there will never be enough homes for all the animals born in this country unless we all take responsibility for spaying and neutering our pets. Change begins with you. Spay or neuter your pet!

Your pet's health

  • Spayed / neutered pets live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying your female pet greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems, and helps him avoid serious health problems like hernias and perianal tumors.
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Good behavior and training

  • Males neutered at a young age are far less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related behavior problems, including possession and food guarding, territory marking (lifting his leg on everything in sight), aggression toward other dogs, and "humping" inappropriate objects.
  • Neutering your male pet relieves him of the constant urge to go out in search of a female in heat. Ridding him of his urge to roam could very well save his life, and save you from a terrible broken heart.
  • Spaying your dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle and the mess that goes with it. Also, females in heat often cry and howl incessantly, develop nervous behavior, and attract every unaltered male dog in the neighborhood to your yard.
  • Altered animals are generally more docile and easier to train.

Helpful Links

SpayUSA

Run by North Shore Animal League America. This is a nationwide network of over 1,000 affordable sterilization programs and clinics with 7,000 veterinarians

The Wildest

Everything you need to know about spaying and neutering

Humane Society of the United States

Myths and facts about spaying and neutering