Why is having my companion animal spay/neutered so important?
There are 20 million reasons why...
The companion animal population is exploding in this country. Failure to spay/neuter is directly responsible for over 20 million deaths a year. Our animal shelters, instead of providing a safe haven for lost or needy companion animals have been turned into killing machines.
It is estimated that in order for every companion animal in the United States to have a home, each member of every family would have to have 12 companion animals. That equates to the average family of 4 sharing their daily lives with 48 animals.
Communities across the country spend millions of dollars a year to house, feed, vet and then kill unwanted companion animals. Municipal and private shelters are forced to operate at capacity levels with little or no increase in their annual budgets. While donations help offset some of the hardships, they cannot even begin to solve the overwhelming obstacles faced by these institutions. This is one situation where 'throwing money at it' won't make a difference, unless the money is thrown in the right direction...
What Spay/Neutering Does
Spay/neutering is the only viable solution to end the suffering and death of companion animals living in shelters.
Spay/neutering ends the possibility of unwanted litters.
Spay/neutering significantly reduces the chance of developing breast cancer, uterine infections and prostate cancer.
Spay/neutering allows your companion animal to RELAX. By not having to deal with the powerful urge to procreate, your animal becomes more affectionate and a true member of the family.
Spay/neutering reduces the urge to roam thereby reducing the chance of accident or intentional harm from others.
Spay/neutering your companion animal means a chance for a new life to an animal awaiting adoption in a shelter.
What Spay/Neutering Does NOT Do
Spay/neutering does not make an animal fat. Lack of exercise and improper diet are the cause of obesity.
Spay/neutering does not alter your animal's sexual identity because he/she has none to begin with. Humans project feminine or masculine characteristics onto animals. How you perceive your own animal is how he/she will perceive himself.
Spay/neutering does not alter your companion animal's personality. It may or may not reduce aggressiveness or sexually dominant behaviors. Proper training and socialization are the best way to ensure your companion animal practices good etiquette.
If you or your children feel the need to experience the 'miracle' of birth there are many video documentaries available that depict the miracle in all it's living color. A late fee to the rental store is a lot easier to pay than finding good homes for 10 puppies.
How Can I Help?
Be bold, set an example for others, have your own companion animal spay/neutered.
Lobby your local government to provide spay/neutering service for shelter animals at reduced rates or better yet lobby them to add a low-cost spay/neuter clinic to your local municipal shelters. The cost of spay/neutering is far less expensive in the long run than housing unwanted animals in shelters. It also helps eliminate the 'revolving door' syndrome.
Ask your local veterinarians to sponsor low-cost spay/neuter days. Even 1 or 2 days per month can make a significant difference.
Clinic | Adoption | LionHearts, Inc. | FAQ's | Paws n' Claws | Virginia Kincheloe
Wish List | Bits & Pieces | Sponsors | Links | Site