Ten great reasons to spay or neuter your pet were killed in animal shelters yesterday.
horrifying, many more animals are leading lives of quiet desperation
to the surgical removal of a female companion animals uterus
and ovaries. The human equivalent is an ovario-hysterectomy. Females
who have been spayed cannot have babies. They no longer secrete
the hormones that regulate their reproductive readiness. Heat
cycles bring hormonal changes that can lead to personality changes.
refers to the surgical removal of a male companion animals
testicles. Castration is another term for the same thing. (The
word neuter is sometimes used as a gender-free term.
So are the words fixed, sterilized, and
altered.) Males who have been neutered cannot manufacture
reality, neutering a male is similar to spaying a female. The
gonads are in different locales and the surgical procedure is
different, but the end result is the sameno
Female dogs go into heat every six months usually starting at
six months of age.
Starting at five or six months of age, female cats go into heat
usually twice monthly resulting in constant mate attracting
vocalizations, as well as territorial urine marking.
Dogs and cats are pregnant for 63 days.
Nursing dogs and cats CAN get pregnant.
Spay/neuter is a one-time expense that will result in a healthier
and happier companion animal.
Numbers Are Staggering
In 6 years, one female dog and its offspring can be the source
of 67,000 puppies.
In 7 years, one female cat and its young can produce 420,000
70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the USA alone.
(Compared to only 10,000 human births, its clear that there
will never be enough homes for all these animals.)
Almost 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year. About half of them are euthanized each year because
there aren’t enough homes.
Best Answer to Pet Overpopulation Is—Turn Off the Faucet!
It is truly a national tragedy that millions of animals are killed
each year simply because no one wants them. It costs government
agencies as much as $176 to capture, house, feed, and eventually
kill each homeless animal.
the word that when acquiring an animal, you assume sole responsibility
for her. Much like children, animals depend on us to keep them
happy, healthy, and safe. Be part of the solution instead of part
of the problem.
Have a heart. Spay/Neuter is the single most important thing you
can do to make a difference.
who have been sterilized get fat and lazy.
Sterilizing an animal does decrease his or
her metabolic rate. That is why this is the perfect time to switch
from a high-energy puppy/kitten food to a diet designed for adults.
After spaying or neutering an adult animal, feed a diet appropriate
to his or her life cycle. Over-feeding and lack of exercise are
the cause of obesity, not sterilizing!
dont need to be neutered because they arent the ones
having the litters. Believe it or
not, this is the most prevalent spay/neuter myth. Immaculate conception,
however, does not explain canine and feline pregnancies! One un-neutered
male can impregnate hundreds of female animals in the time it
takes one litter of kittens or puppies to be born.
For some men,
anything to do with between their legs is sacred ground,
especially for their faithful hunting dog or tough tomcat. For
individuals who have a need for cosmetic reinforcement, there
are synthetic scrotal implants that can restore that stud-ly
show that the majority of dog bites are made by intact, untrained
need to have one litter before being spayed. There
is no medical support for this. Some people refuse to spay/neuter
because they think it would be “nice” for their
pet to have puppies or kittens.
in mind that every responsible home found means one less
home available to the many shelter animals hoping for adoption.
Each day animal shelters are forced to kill thousands of
dogs and cats for lack of responsible homes.
is cruel. Spay and neuter surgical
procedures are done under general anesthesia.
animals from having litters is unnatural.
Weve already interfered with nature by domesticating
dogs and cats several thousands of years ago. In doing so,
we created the tragedy of pet overpopulation. We now have
the responsibility to solve it.
male cats causes urethral obstructions which can lead to death.
Exhaustive studies have indicated that urethral obstructions
are not affected by whether a cat has been neutered or not.
is unnecessary for purebreds because they are in great demand.
One out of every four animals brought to animal shelters
is a purebreed.
cost of surgery is too high.
Costs tend to be higher in cities and lower in rural areas.
If you believe that a spay or neuter surgery costs too much, how
do you plan to pay for quality pet food and routine medical care?
lament their lost capability to reproduce.
Pets do not nurture their young for 18 years, watch them
go off to college or whatever, marry, and produce grandchildren.
Dogs and cats nurse their young for a few weeks, teach them to
behave like dogs and cats, and go on with their lives. (Males
know next to nothing of what we humans call fatherhood. They rarely
recognize puppies and kittens as their own.)
spayed before their first heat have a lower chance of developing
mammary tumors as they age. The possibility of uterine or ovarian
cancer is eliminated.
males have a lower chance of developing prostate infections.
They wont develop testicular cancers.
will no longer go into heat, eliminating the probability of
getting blood stains on your couch, floor, bed, etc. when your
female has her heat cycle.
sexes experience less of a need for territorial marking behavior.
sexes experience a decrease in the urge to roam.
sexes become more docile and easier to train.
personality of both males and females usually improves because
they dont have to spend so much time and energy seeking
a mate. Neutering will make your pet more affectionate and devoted
smaller pets cost less to alter as less anesthesia is necessary.
lessens your dogs temptation to fall in love with your guests
males tend to become less aggressive and experience a decrease
in the incidence of fighting.
pet licenses for altered animals are available at a significantly
fewer animals in animal shelters will increase their chances of
being adopted into appropriate homes and lifestyles.
reduced pet population will bring greater respect to (and place
a higher value on) animals who currently are deemed disposable.
will (we hope!) gain great satisfaction in knowing you have
been part of the solution to pet overpopulation, rather than
part of the problem.
May Qualify for Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance
to a generous bequest from the estate of local animal lover
Florence Unash, the JCHS Unash Neuter Program helps pay
for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs belonging
to residents of Johnson County who qualify financially.
The qualification process has been carefully designed to
respect and protect the privacy of the information applicants
are asked to provide.
Download the application form or e-mail us if you would like to
apply for funds. Or you pick up a Unash application
at the Iowa
City Animal Care & Adoption Center. Call 356-5295 for their hours.
About a Growing Feral Cat (or a Barn Cat) Colony?
us and we’ll
discuss your concerns and strategize with you to
see how we can all pitch in and do something.
Regional Spay/Neuter Resources
Iowa Humane Alliance—They just opened Iowa's first non-profit, high quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic January! To get your cat, dog or rabbit scheduled for a spay/neuter appointment, call: 319-363-1225.
Neuter Assistance for Pets (SNAP)
offers spay/neuter subsidies through participating veterinarians
to qualifying individuals who live in (or adjacent to)
Muscatine County, Iowa. Call 563-264-2370 for more information.
Cost Spay/Neuter Caveat
find a veterinarian whose spay/neuter fee seems too good
to be true, ask some questions before you make an appointment
for Fluffy. Following these procedures may take more time
and may cost morebut
the clinic use a reversible gas anesthesia?
the instruments sterilized after every use?
the veterinarian scrub between surgeries?
the animal put on a heart monitor?
the incision closed with layers of sutures?