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Why Spay or Neuter?

AdamBy having your pet spayed or neutered, you are not only helping your pet to live a longer and healthier life but also saving the lives of other animals. Spayed or neutered pets lose their desire to roam the neighborhood in search of a mate so are less likely to be injured, lost or get into fights. They are also less likely to bite and have other behavioral problems. Males are less likely to spray or mark territory. Plus, the reproductive organs removed during surgery are those that frequently cause medical problems in older animals, including many types of cancer.

Spaying and neutering is also necessary to stop the overpopulation of pets. Every year in this country, over 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters because there are not nearly enough people to adopt them. In the Kansas City area alone, thousands of animals are killed in shelters. The majority of these are young healthy animals, including puppies and kittens, who if given the chance would make wonderful pets. Thousands more die on the streets from starvation, disease and injury. So please do your part to help by having your pet spayed or neutered. You'll be helping pets like Adam (pictured) and his litter mates-- just one of many unwanted litters in the Kansas City area who end up in shelters and rescue groups needing a home.

JUST THE FACTS PLEASE...

Pet overpopulation facts are simple. There are just too many pets and not enough homes. Consider these statistics as to how just one litter can result in hundreds to thousands of unwanted pets:

The Prolific Dog
1st year 4 offspring with 2 females
2nd year 12 offspring
3rd year 36 offspring
5th year 324 offspring
7th year 4,372 offspring

The Prolific Cat
1st year 3 litters = 12 offspring
2nd year 144 offspring
3rd year 1,728 offspring
4th year 20,736 offspring

WHAT IS SPAY/NEUTER?

The surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of a female to prevent pregnancy or the removal of the testicles of males to prevent them from impregnating females.

WHY SPAY/NEUTER?

It's good for your pet...

It's good for you...


It's good for the community...


MYTHS & FACTS

Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Fact:
The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

Myth: It's better to have one litter first.
Fact:
Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.

Myth: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
Fact:
Even if children are able to see a pet give birth - which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion - the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.

Myth: But my pet is a purebred.
Fact:
So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats - mixed and purebred alike.

Myth: I want my dog to be protective.
Fact:
Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family.

Myth: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
Fact:
Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

SammyMyth: But my dog (or cat) is so special. I want a puppy (or kitten) just like him/her.
Fact:
A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.

Myth: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
Fact:
There are many affordable spay/neuter options in our community. Whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost - a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs; particularly if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.

Myth: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Fact:
You may find good homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

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