If there wasn’t a problem with pet overpopulation, Animal Protectors would not exist! While we wish we could be “out of business” and that all animals were safely in their loving homes, the reality is this just isn’t the case. One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of unwanted pets is to spay or neuter your companion animal.
There are so many benefits to spaying and neutering, we just have to share them with you. The ASPCA offers one of the best lists around:
Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.
Your male dog will be less likely to want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
There are many resources available in our area to help control the pet population. Find more information about affordable options right in our area – read on!
The City of Pittsburgh has a Spay and Neuter Program that offers free spaying and neutering for city residents. For more information about the program, click here.
The Homeless Cat Management Team is an organization whose mission is to humanely reduce the population growth and minimize the suffering of homeless cats through sterilization and the promotion of responsible colony management in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Give them a call at 412-321-4060 for more information.
Animal Birth Control is sponsored by Animal Friends. This program offers spay and neuter surgery at a reduced cost, based on income. Pit bulls are free! Call 1-800-SPAY-PGH for more information.
The Animal Rescue League of Western PA offers a low cost spay and neuter clinic twice a month. For more information, click here.
Animal Friends offers subsidized spay and neuter services to ensure that all families can afford to spay or neuter their pets.
The Penn Hills Spay and Neuter Clinic offers low cost alterations. For more info, click here.
Check out PBRC for information on low cost, and often free, options in our area!