Pet Overpopulation is a Problem in Our Community

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.

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.

On average, it costs U.S. taxpayers approximately $100 to capture, house, feed, and eventually euthanize every homeless animal.

Unaltered male cats living outside live on average less than two years.

Altering your dog could increase their life an average of 1-3 years according to SpayUSA.org.

Altering your cat could increase their life an average of 3-5 years, according to SpayUSA.org.

* The statistics above were reported by SnapUS.org

The Benefits of Spay & Neuter Are 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spay & Neuter

Why should I spay & neuter?

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.

Will my pet be in a lot of pain?

Spay and neuter surgeries are safe, simple and routine. Your pet can go home the same day.

Are there health benefits?

Female pets have a reduced risk of uterine, ovarian and breast cancers. Male pets have a reduced risk of prostate cancer and other disorders.

Do I need to wait for my pet to go into their first heat?

There is no medical research that proves it’s healthier to wait until your dog or cat has gone into heat. In fact, spaying them before their first heat greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancers and reproductive-related diseases. And if done properly, spaying and neutering at any age can eliminate or reduce the development of reproductive organ tumors.

Will my male pet feel emasculated?

No. 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.

Will my dog still be protective?

Yes! Spaying/Neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family.

When should I spay or neuter my pet?

According to the ASPCA, both dogs and cats can be spayed/neutered as young as eight weeks old as long as they are in a healthy condition. The sooner the treatment the better because there is a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs. It’s advised cats have the surgery before reaching five months of age, as they become at risk of pregnancy at this point.

What if I can’t afford it?

The average cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising a litter of puppies or kittens.

Be The Solution can help. We offer low cost vouchers for those who cannot afford the surgery on their own.

What You Can Do to Help End the Cycle

Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered.

Be The Solution offers low cost vouchers for those who cannot afford the surgery on their own

Help us spread the word.

Share with others why spay and neuter is critical to ending pet overpopulation in our community.

Help us sponsor surgeries.

Since 2007, Be The Solution has sponsored over 25,000 spay and neuter surgeries, but we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

Donate or Shop at the Fix Thrift Shop.

Donate gently used items or shop at a beautiful boutique thrift store. 100% of proceeds are used for spay and neuter!

Voucher Hours

Vouchers are distributed at The Fix Thrift Shop, Supporting Be The Solution, Inc.:

1208 Capital Circle SE, Unit D
Next to Hopkins Eatery

Tuesdays & Thursday – 11:00am – 1:00pm and Saturdays Noon to 3:00pm

Support Our Cause

Join Be the Solution in our mission to end pet overpopulation and prevent the cycle of suffering for unwanted pets living in shelters and on the street by giving a one-time gift or by becoming a sustaining member of our Spay/Neuter a Month Club.

Get in Touch

Have questions? Looking to volunteer? Interested in having us give your group a presentation about the importance of spay and neuter? Have an idea of how we can get the word out? We'd love to connect.

Be The Solution, Inc.

PHONE:
(850) 545-2043

MAILING ADDRESS:
1400 Village Square Blvd., Suite 3-306
Tallahassee, Florida 32312

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The Fix THRIFT SHOP

PHONE:
(850) 298-1129

ADDRESS:
1208 Capital Circle SE, Unit D
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
(next to Hopkins)

STORE HOURS:
Tuesday - Friday
11am – 6pm

Saturday
10am - 6pm

VOUCHER HOURS:
Tuesday & Thursday
11am – 1pm

Saturdays
Noon - 3pm

THE FIX THRIFT SHOP

PHONE:
(850) 298-1129

ADDRESS:
1208 Capital Circle SE, Unit D
Tallahassee, Florida 32312
(next to Hopkins)

STORE HOURS:
Tuesday - Friday
11am – 6pm

Saturday
10am - 6pm

VOUCHER HOURS:
Tuesday & Thursday
11am – 1pm

Saturdays
Noon - 3pm