The Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pets
Spaying and neutering your pet can help to prevent pet overpopulation.
Each year in the United States, nearly 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters―that’s about one pet every eight seconds. While some of these instances may because of illness or old age, the large majority of euthanization cases that occur in animal shelters is due to pet overpopulation.
Just where are all of these adorable newborn animals coming from? Fifty thousand puppies and kittens are born every single day in the United States. Some to loving families wanting more pets, others to breeders who have planned out their birth. But, most often, these new additions are born into unknowing households whose family pet became pregnant surprisingly. And while spaying/neutering is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, millions of family pets still go unfixed each year.
Spaying and neutering your pet is an important decision that each pet owner should consider before they bring an animal into their home. About 62% of households across the country own a pet of some kind, yet only 10% of the animals that are received in shelters have been spayed or neutered. Plus, the reasons why pet owners decide against spaying/neutering their pets―cost, uneducated about pet overpopulation, no resources, etc.―are nothing compared to the number of pet lives that could be saved as a result of this simple procedure.
To help pet owners learn more about how this common procedure can help to prevent pet overpopulation, unwanted pregnancy in animals and more, we have put together some basic information about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.
The largest reason why pet owners should spay/neuter their animals is to help control pet populations and keep millions of animals out of shelters. In the U.S., there are currently an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals who are entering animal shelters each year. Unfortunately, only about half of these animals are adopted and the other half are euthanized. These pets are not all offspring’s of homeless “street” animals either. Many are the puppies and kittens of many beloved house pets, and about 10% of all sheltered animals are purebreds.
To give you a better idea of how just one pet can lead to an abundance of homeless animals, here is an infographic detailing the amount of offspring just one unspayed cat can produce:
In addition to decrease the amount of pets that end up in shelters, spaying and neutering your pets is actually very beneficial to their health. In female pets, spaying helps to prevent breast cancer and uterine infections, ensuring a longer, healthier life. In male pets, neutering can also help to prevent testicular cancer if performed before six months of age.
One reason why many pet owners decline having their pet spayed or neutered is because of the initial costs of the procedure. However, the cost of this surgery for your pets costs significantly less than having and caring for a newborn litter. You also save money in extra food, bedding, medical costs and more than would be necessary for an additional animal. In the long run, spaying and neutering your pet is actually very cost-effective.
If you want to learn more about the significant problem of pet overpopulation and unwanted animals that end up in shelters, be sure to contact the Texas Alliance For Homeless Pets. We can help you learn more about the issue at hand, as well as suggest many helpful ways in which you can make a difference in your local pet community.
However, it first starts with spaying and neutering your pets at home! There are many resources in local cities, such as the Big Fix For Big D program in Dallas, which offer low-cost, and sometimes free, spay and neuter surgeries. There are also several spay and neuter clinics offered through the Texas SPCA, located in West Dallas, South Dallas and McKinney. Contact any of these resources today to help stop pet overpopulation in your local area.
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