By having your pet spayed or neutered, you are not only helping your pet to live a longer and healthier life but also saving the lives of other animals. Spayed or neutered pets lose their desire to roam the neighborhood in search of a mate so are less likely to be injured, lost or get into fights. They are also less likely to bite and have other behavioral problems. Males are less likely to spray or mark territory. Plus, the reproductive organs removed during surgery are those that frequently cause medical problems in older animals, including many types of cancer.
Spaying and neutering is also necessary to stop the overpopulation of pets. Every year in this country, over 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters because there are not nearly enough people to adopt them. In the Kansas City area alone, thousands of animals are killed in shelters. The majority of these are young healthy animals, including puppies and kittens, who if given the chance would make wonderful pets. Thousands more die on the streets from starvation, disease and injury.
Myth: It’s better to have one litter first.
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.
Myth: But my pet is a purebred.
Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats – mixed and purebred alike.
Myth: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Fact: That may be true, but each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year’s time, each of your pet’s offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.
What if I can’t afford it?
We can help! The Humane Society offers discounted spay/neuter surgeries by appointment only. We do not screen clients based on financial need– anyone may use our services!
Dogs and cats must be at least 4 months old. Distemper & Rabies vaccines must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
To make an appointment or for more information, email us at email@example.com call 913-596-1000.