Why Spay, Why Neuter?

National Spay Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of February.  Spaying and neutering your pets is a sure-fire guarantee to reducing pet homelessness. Spay Day is an annual promotion where animal lovers everywhere campaign to support spay and neuter practices for companion pets and feral cats. Spay and neuter is a common surgical procedure that most pets receive during their young lives at the vet’s office. Spay and neuter helps keep pets healthy and prevents too many puppies and kittens from being born. Every year, 6-8 million pets become homeless and only 50% find new families. Since there are more pets in the United States than good homes, spay and neuter can help prevent these problems and reduce unnecessary suffering.

Most household pets can be spayed or neutered, but the most common pets to receive the surgery are cats, dogs, rabbits, and rats. Spay is the procedure for female pets, and neuter is the procedure for males. The pet is kept under anesthesia during the procedure and feels no pain. After healing from the procedure, the pet lives a normal, healthy life. Another benefit is that he or she is also less likely to suffer from many health problems than pets that do not get spayed or neutered. Male pets are also less likely to spray urine in their homes and both males and females are less likely to roam outdoors and face dangerous situations (such as fighting, becoming lost, or being struck by a car).

Spay and neuter is not only for household pets but also for controlling the population in feral cat colonies.  These are groups of cats that live outside, like wild animals, and usually cannot live with people.  Most of these cats were actually born outside and have learned how to survive without any help from people. When these colonies are left completely alone and able to reproduce, they can reach an overwhelming size very quickly. If there are too many cats, there will not be enough food for the entire group to eat, and disease and illness can spread rapidly. Many of these cats will suffer and possibly die. Another issue is that these cats can spread common feline illnesses to any domestic outdoor cats in the neighborhood, putting your pet at risk. 

The best way to help feral cats is through Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) programs.  The organizations that offer these services monitor the well-being of the colony, and will help the cats get their basic vaccinations and will make sure they are spayed and neutered.

So do your part to prevent pet homelessness…adopt your next pet…and practice spay/neuter!

Why Spay, Why Neuter?

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