Did you know that two unaltered cats and their offspring can parent more than 150,000 kittens within seven years? That's 150,000 more than the world needs. The tragedy of the pet overpopulation crisis is that adoptable dogs and cats are dying because somebody didn't get their pet spayed or neutered. Some had a reason for not altering their pet, some didn't. But whether a pet owner neglects to have a dog spayed because they want her to have "just one litter" first, or whether someone simply didn't want to spend the money for their pet's surgery, the end result is the same: far too many animals for the number of available homes.


There are lots of medical and behavioral benefits to having a female dog or cat spayed:
  •  A spayed pet is a healthier pet. They are less likely to develop mammary tumors, and they won't develop uterine cancer or other problems of the reproductive organs. There will never be a risk of pregnancy complications, either.
  •  A spayed pet is a happier pet. A spayed female is a more relaxed and peaceful pet. Spaying nullifies a pet's desire to roam in search of a mate and eliminates the frantic pacing and crying of a cat in season.
  •  A spayed pet reduces the tragic problem of pet overpopulation. Thanks to their caring owners, spayed pets will not contribute to the pet population explosion.
  •  Altering doesn't change the personality of your pet. Altering does not make your pet fat or lazy. Spaying or neutering won't transform your pet into a pudgy pet or corpulent kitty -- overeating and lack of exercise will.
  •  There's absolutely no truth to the myth that it's best to let a female pet give birth to a litter before getting her spayed. In reality, it's better for an animal to be spayed before having a litter or even going in to heat.
  •  Letting your children "experience the miracle of birth" isn't a very good reason to let your animal procreate. First, animals usually give birth in a secluded place. Second, wouldn't it be better to teach your children the importance of responsible pet ownership?
  •  Finding good homes for puppies and kittens isn't easy. And even if you manage to place your pet's offspring, you are in essence condemning that number of unwanted shelter and pound animals. Plus your pet's urgency may themselves procreate, worsening an already overwhelming problem.
It is urgent to get everyone to understand just how crucial spay/neuter surgery is.

Source: San Francisco SPCA


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