Pet Overpopulation is a Problem in Our Area
Every year, thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized or suffer a dangerous life on the streets where disease and death is common. These unwanted animals are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
The Cost of Unwanted Litters is High – Not Just for Taxpayers, but for Animals
Consider these sobering statistics:
- One female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats in seven years
- One female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs in six years
- The average cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising a litter of puppies or kittens
- On average, it costs U.S. taxpayers approximately $100 to capture, house, feed, and eventually euthanize every homeless animal.
* The statistics above were reported by SnapUS.org
The Benefits of Spay & Neuter is High, Too
According to SpayUSA.org, spaying and neutering your cat or dog will increase their chance for a longer and healthier life. Altering your dog will increase their life an average of 1-3 years and cats up to 3-5 years. Spayed and neutered pets also have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
Spaying and neutering will also lead to a reduced urge for pets to roam which decreases their risk for contracting diseases or getting hurt. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact, male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years.
What You Can Do to Help End the Cycle
First, make sure your dog or cat is spayed or neutered. Be The Solution offers low cost vouchers for those who cannot afford the surgery on their own.
Second, help us spread the word about why spay and neuter is critical to ending pet overpopulation.
Third, help us sponsor surgeries. Since the 2007, Be The Solution has sponsored over 18,000 spay and neuter surgeries in our community, but we can’t do it alone. We need your support.
More Reasons You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet
- Your female pet won’t go into heat, which means less mess for you to clean!
- Your male pet is less likely to roam, run away, get hit by cars or get into fights!
- Female pets have a reduced risk of uterine, ovarian and breast cancers.
- Male pets have a reduced risk of prostate cancer and other disorders.
- Altered pets mean less chance of costly vet bills and increased chance of longer lives.
- Spay and neuter surgeries are safe, simple and routine. Your pet can go home the same day.
- Your male will not feel like less of a male. Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
- Your dog will still be protective! Spaying/Neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family.