Spaying and neutering pets benefits the community in several ways:
- Puts a dent in the animal overpopulation problem; more than 4 million pets are euthanized each year nationwide
- Reduces the number of loose animals that can be killed by cars or predators; spread dangerous diseases such as Rabies; and can be a danger to people, other pets and wildlife
- Saves money otherwise spent to house and adopt out or euthanize unwanted animals
Neutering and spaying improves animals’ health and reduces behavior problems.
- Can prevent certain cancers, including breast and ovarian cancer in females and testicular and prostate cancer in males
- Reduces territorial marking, fighting and urge to roam
- Can reduce vet bills since un-neutered cats and dogs often fight and become injured
- Prevents complications from giving birth
- Enables your pet to live a longer, healthier life overall
It’s safe to spay or neuter kittens and puppies?
- The best time to spay a female pet is before her first heat
- Neutering a young male pet will not hurt his growth and health
- Young animals recover more quickly from surgery than adult cats and dogs; it’s safe to do surgery at 12-16 weeks of age.
Is my pet too old? What if my pet has medical problems?
Never assume that your pet is too old to breed. You’d be surprised – and chances are you will be. Each clinic will evaluate your pet’s health before operating so we can head off problems. To be sure, call any of the partner agencies for advice.
What if my female pet is already pregnant or in heat?
Please call a spay/neuter provider for advice about pets that are pregnant or in heat.