The Importance ofSpaying & Neutering yourCat or DogBy Brandi Prince
Have you ever visited an animal shelter?• According to the FiXiT Foundation, ”Every day over12,000 cats and dogs are killed in U.S. shelters.”• In the U.S. it is estimated that 1.2 million cats and 2.1million dogs have not been fixed.• An unaltered female cat and her offspring have thepotential to produce 17 cats in two years, 55 in threeyears, and 175 in four years until the number reachesover 5,000 at seven years.
Why is it important to have your cat ordog spayed/neutered?• Your female cat or dog will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helpsprevent uterine infections and breast cancer.• Neutering your male cat or dog provides major health benefits as well asimproved behavior and will lose the desire to roam.• It is good for the community and helps reduce the overpopulation.
How can youhelp?• If you do not have a cat or dog and want to be a petowner you can help by adopting.• If you do have a cat or dog and haven’t had your petspayed or neutered you should speak to yourveterinarian about having it done.• If you do have pets or decide to become a pet ownermake sure that it is a responsibility that you canendure.
Shelters are overcrowded due tooverpopulation…..
I hope that the information I provided you with today has convincedyou all here today the importance of spaying and/or neutering youranimals. If everyone does there part we can make a difference andstop these animals from suffering and/or being killed.
Citations• http://fixit-foundation.org/the-problem/• http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx• https://ebusiness.avma.org/EBusiness50/ProductCatalog/Product.aspx?ID=126• http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html• Scarlett, Janet, and Naomi Johnston. “Impact of a Subsidized Spay Neuter Clinicon Impoundments and Euthanasia in a Community Shelter and on Service andComplaint Calls to Animal Control.” Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science15.1 (2012):53-69.• Farrell T. alert. Vegetarian Times [serial on the internet]. (2007, May)• Hale, Timothy L. “A Helping Hand for Furry Friends.” Warrior Citizen 56.4(2011):33