It’s no myth; there is an overpopulation of unwanted pets nationwide. The Humane Society of the United States reports that 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. This is approximately 10,000 per day across the US and equals about half of the 6-8 million pets that enter the shelter and never make it out.
Part of the battle of overpopulation is spaying and neutering pets. By spaying and neutering pets, we can help control pet homelessness crisis. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying and neutering pets.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) states pet owners choose not to spay or neuter their pets for a variety of reasons including,
• The animal is for show or breeding
• Financial constraints
• Fear of anesthesia
• Don’t understand the benefits
Medical benefits can include:
• Helps prevent uterine infections
• Helps prevent testicular cancer and some prostate problems
• Spayed and neutered pets may be better behaved
Pets by the numbers. (2021). Retrieved 14 January 2021, from http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/overpopulation_estimates.html
When should I spay or neuter my pet?. (2021). Retrieved 14 January 2021, from https://www.aaha.org/your-pet/pet-owner-education/ask-aaha/spay-or-neuter/
Spay/Neuter Your Pet. (2021). Retrieved 14 January 2021, from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet