Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (Humane Society of the United States) Community Felines 

Cheryl Phillips

Please help STOP overpopulation and euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets... SPAY/NEUTER!

Having a pet is a huge responsibility. Just like humans, pets have needs and require medical care, training and love to live a happy and healthy life. By choosing to have your pet spayed/neutered, you are setting them up for long-term health. Now is the best time to participate in Spay/Neuter Awareness month to stay informed and help those who cannot help themselves! 

Saving innocent lives

According to The  Humane Society of the United States, “More than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized annually in shelters. The euthanasia statistic is shocking, and the animals that are left homeless are not born from the “street,” but from family pets who weren’t spayed/neutered.  Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.”

Impacts on you and your furry friend

By spaying/neutering your pet, you are creating a healthier, longer life for them. A USA Today article notes that pets that live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest.

The impacts on unaltered pets are more significant than one would believe.  Some of the risks include:

  • Urge to roam around
  • Chances of getting into fights with other animals
  • Danger of getting struck by cars
  • Certain Cancers
  • Fatal uterine infections
  • Dogs are more prone to urine-marking (lifting their leg)
  • Cats have a stronger urge to spray

Sweet and Simple

It’s best to get your pet spayed/neutered within four months of age. Spay/neuter allow help prevent health and breeding problems down the road. Although some may think it’s expensive to spay/neuter, the costs outweigh the expenses later in life when the health and breeding problems arise.  

For more information on spaying/neutering animals, take a look at some of these resources:

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be happy to provide answers and/or resources.  

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