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-- Estimated numbers of homeless dogs and cats top 70 million in the U.S. – 45 times more cats and 15 times more dogs than humans.
-- There are only about 3,500 animal shelters in the U.S – not enough to take in this number of animals in need.
-- Approximately 6 to 8 million stray dogs and cats enter shelters each year.
-- About 3.7 million animals in shelters (one every eight seconds) are euthanized each year because homes cannot be found for them.
-- Over 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred dogs!
Enough with the excuses...let's look at some facts!
Overpopulation is caused by:
-- Pets not being spay/neutered
-- Pets that are intentionally bred (every purchased pet is one that will not be adopted in a shelter – and every purchased pet has the potential to be entered into a shelter, increasing shelter and overpopulation numbers)
-- Pets being acquired by owners who are not prepared to spend the time and money necessary to support the animal, so they are entered into a shelter or abandoned.
To Spay and Neuter or Not to Spay and Neuter???
That is the question!
Benefits to fixing your pet...
"It'll make him a better dog to keep them!"
"I just haven't got to it yet!"
"I just can't take away Rover's manhood like that."
"I thought I would make some easy money selling the puppies."
"I just don't know."
"I don't have time to deal with it!"
"I want my child to witness the miracle of birth. "
"I don't have the money for spaying or neutering."
Benefits to spaying.......
Benefits to neutering......
Responsible pet owners make sure that their pets are not contributing to this serious over-population problem. Neutered/Spayed pets are actually healthier pets.
> Neutering your dog will decrease it's desire to roam which will reduce it's exposure to infectious diseases.
> If the surgery is done before the pet reaches sexual maturity, certain undesirable sexual behavior traits may be avoided (mounting, humping, spraying, fighting, aggressive behavior, etc.)
> Neutering lessons the risk of anal tumors, prostrate diseases, and eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer developing.
Spaying your dog will eliminate the mess of a dog in heat and the attracting of males. Aside from making sure that she does not become pregnant, spaying should be done for the following medical reasons:
> Early spaying will drastically reduce the chance of breast tumors, the most common cancer of the un-spayed female.
(If a dog is spayed before her first heat, it is almost guaranteed that she will not develop breast tumors. If a dog is spayed after 2 1/2 years of age or is not spayed at all, she has a one out of four chance of having mammary tumors.)
> Spaying eliminates the future risk of developing a uterine infection. These infections are extremely common in un-spayed dogs and can be life threatening.
> The risk of cystic ovaries, false pregnancies, hormonal disorders, and behavioral problems are greatly reduced.
**Generally dogs are spayed or neutered around 6 months of age,
however they can be fixed as early as 6 weeks of age.**
Do the math before thinking about breeding your pet..........