Spay or Neuter Your Pet and Save Lives!
The number one thing we can each do to help reduce overpopulation of dogs and cats in our communities is to spay or neuter our own pets. The decision to spay or neuter your pet can be the most important decision you make for your pet’s health and to stop the cycle of unwanted pets in your community. In the U.S. alone, there are over 7 million homeless animals entering shelters every year. No more than half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.
However, many people realize the benefit of spaying or neutering but find it difficult to pay the costs associated with this procedure. Thankfully, The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter frequently has programs to help those who qualify for financial assistance. Please contact the shelter to speak to an employee who can share the current programs and determine if you qualify. We sometimes have more than one program so talking to the shelter employees is best. Once they determine that you qualify, you’ll receive instructions on how to obtain a voucher that you take to your vet to have the procedure done.
We’re here to help stop the cycle of unwanted pets, so please call!
Why spay and neuter..?
Because honestly, they’re just not going to do it themselves. But, if your pets knew the benefits, we think they would!
- Spaying or neutering allows your pet to live a longer, healthier life; an average of 3-5 years longer for cats and 1-3 years longer for dogs!
- Neutering your dog also keeps him from getting any bad publicity! Did you know that intact male dogs are almost 3 times more likely to bite than their neutered counterparts?
- In female dogs and cats, the risk of mammary gland tumors and ovarian and uterine cancer is reduced and can be completely eliminated if they are spayed before the first heat cycle.
- The risk of testicular cancer is completely eliminated in male dogs and cats. (No testicles, no cancer!)
The benefits to you and your pet are clear.
But, you should also be aware of the benefits to the animals in our region. Each year, literally thousands of animals are euthanized right here in our area because there simply are not enough homes for them all.
This tragic situation can only be eliminated through a targeted, high-volume, spay/neuter program. This problem must be addressed at the source with sterilization. Pets can’t practice “safe sex,” so they need our help to reduce the overpopulation until there are enough homes for every adoptable animal. For the love of your pet, and the pets in our community, please have the companion animals in your home spayed or neutered.
Did you know that one unspayed female cat can produce up to 1 Million offspring in less than 11 years? Female Cats come into heat twice a month. They can also become pregnant 3 days after giving birth, nursing or not. If you think it’s just the females think again. A male cat can father hundred of kittens in a single month!
One unspayed female dog can produce up to 75 offspring in less than a year! Females can reproduce at 5 months of age. Female dogs come in heat twice a year. By the time she has delivered her second litter, the first litter is having babies of their own.
Help put an end to suffering, have your pets spayed and neutered. Unwanted litters cost you money and result in overpopulation.