With each day that passes, more than 10,000 healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States alone.* The cause of this figure is simple and clear: there are not enough loving homes to adopt all these unplanned animals. Across the nation, animal shelters face the day-to-day tough and costly responsibility of cleaning up after an ignorant society that allows their pets to reproduce at an uncontrollable speed. In today's economy, this challenge is greater than ever. Typically, a single community will end up spending millions of dollars a year to manage and take care of these unwanted animals. Homeless animals rarely survive for more than a few years on their own, dying from starvation, disease, climate and accidents.
Spaying and neutering helps cats and dogs live healthier, longer lives. Animals that are sterilized are less likely to stray and be lost from their owner, thereby reducing the risk of getting into fights, being injured and reproducing without control. There is virtually no limit to the number of litters dogs and cats can produce: One female cat and her brood can produce 420,000 offspring within seven years, while one female dog and her young can produce 67,000 offspring in that same time frame. The only solution is to increase sterilization of dogs and cats, and Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) is ready.
*Despite this disturbingly high number, be aware that a mere 20 years ago, 50,000 animals were euthanized in this country on a daily basis. The 80% reduction is solely due to increased low-cost spay and neuter programs across the country.
Spay/Neuter Excuses: Myths Versus Facts
- "My pet will get fat and lazy."
The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise. It is not caused by a spay/neuter surgery.
- "It's better to have one litter first."
Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, it shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier and neutered males have a lower incidence of some cancers.
- "I want my dog to be protective." Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family.
- "I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male."
Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. Your pet won't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. Neutering will decrease sexually orientated behavior (aggressiveness, fighting, roaming and urinary marking) which is undesirable.
Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
Most importantly, you will prevent countless future generations of unwanted dogs and cats from entering a world that has no room for them.
- Spay/neuter helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
- It can eliminate or reduce future health problems that can be difficult and expensive to treat.
- It makes pets better companions.
- It makes pets less aggressive and less likely to bite, roam the neighborhood, get hit by cars and get into fights.