Shelter Medicine Club

Why should I spay or neuter my animal?

There are many reasons to spay or neuter your pet. It is quick, safe, affordable, and has many benefits in the long run.

It's good for the community

Pet overpopulation is a huge problem. Homeless animals are in danger of dying exposure, starvation, animal attack, car accidents, and poisoning. They also can get into fights with owned animals, cause accidents, prey on wildlife, attack humans, and damage property. Some make it to shelters which have limited resources and must turn animals away or euthanize when they run out of space. One pair of intact animals allowed to breed freely can produce an exponential number of lives in just a few years.

Lots of money and effort is spent every year on animal control. It's expensive to run shelters, TNR programs, and animal control agencies, and they're already fighting an uphill battle with the sheer number of animals out there. Then there's the additional cost of medical bills for victims of animal attack and car accidents, as well as money spent fixing property damage due to feral and stray animals.


It's good for your pet

Fixed animals are healthier and live longer. Spayed females have decreased chances of hormone-related diseases such as mammary, ovarian, and uterine cancers, which can be fatal. Unneutered males are more likely to develop prostate, testicular, and perianal tumors. Fixed animals are also less likely to cause fights or wander off and get lost.

Fixing your animal will NOT make it fat. While some animals may develop a greater appetite, proper diet and exercise will maintain your pet at a healthy body weight, for both altered and intact animals.


It's good for you

Fixed animals make better pets (and neighbors!) Both sexes are often calmer and more affectionate after sterilization, and are less likely to have inappropriate urination. Females will stop displaying signs of estrus which can include nervousness, vocalization, and in dogs, bloody discharge. Males will be less aggressive, less likely to wander off in search of a mate, and decrease mounting on other animals, humans, or objects.

Raising a litter and finding them homes is hard work, espensive, time consuming, and often unsuccessful. The animals you breed could easily end up in a shelter and be euthanized, even if they are purebred.

It’s affordable. There are many low-cost spay/neuter options. Even at regular pricing, the surgery costs far less than trying to raise a litter or treat the myriad of health problems that can arise in an intact animal.