Why spay or neuter my cat or dog?

It saves lives

Every year 3-4 million animals lives are lost because there just aren't enough homes for them. By preventing unwanted breeding, we are reducing the number of homeless animals. Approximately 50 percent of animals that enter animal shelters every year are euthanized, but some have much worse odds. In some communities, only 5 percent of pit bull terriers that enter shelters find a new home. The only know solution is to spay and neuter.

It provides benefits to your pet

    Spaying and neutering helps your dog live a longer, healthier life.

    Spaying and neutering reduces, or can eliminate, a number of health problems that are difficult and/or expensive to treat.

    Spaying greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer, especially if your dog is spayed before her first estrous cycle, and also eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer.

    Neutering will decrease the possibility of prostate disease and eliminates testicular cancer.

It provides benefits to you

    Spaying and neutering makes your dog a better, more affectionate companion.

    Neutering dogs makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.

    Spaying a dog eliminates her heat cycle, which lasts an average of six to 12 days, twice a year. Females in heat can get blood on your furniture, exhibit nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male dogs to your home.

    Dogs that are not sterilized often have more behavior and temperament problems than dogs that have been spayed or neutered.

    Spaying and neutering can make dogs friendlier, less likely to bite.

    Neutering makes dogs less likely to wander to look for females or get into fights.

It provides benefits to your community

    Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted dogs.

    Irresponsible breeding is the root cause of most vicious dog bites and attacks.

    Animal shelters around the country are overburdened with surplus dogs.

    Stray and homeless dogs get into trash containers, urinate and defecate on private lawns and/or public property, and/or anger people who do not understand their misery or needs.

    Some stray dogs scare away or kill wildlife and birds.

Source: Adapted from the HSUS