Many people believe that their pet’s puppies or kittens would never become homeless shelter animals. But the reality is that every time the dog finds his way under the fence to visit the neighbor’s female dog, or the indoor/outdoor cat comes back home pregnant again, the result is a litter of dogs or cats. Even if they are placed into homes, it is still possible for them to end up in shelters once they become “hard to handle,” or for them to reproduce further and for the next generation of puppies or kittens to wind up homeless. (Source: HSUS)
Nationwide, more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Here are some hard mathematical facts from SPAY USA:
An unspayed female cat, her mate, and all of their offspring producing 2 litters a year wit 2.8 kittens per litter can total: 12 cats in 1 year….67 cats in 2 years…376 cats in 3 years….(Source: SPAY USA “How Quickly Cats Multiply Pyramid”)
An unspayed female dog, her mate, and all of their puppies and their puppies’ puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to: 16 dogs in 1 year….128 dogs in 2 years…512 dogs in 3 years… (Source: SPAY USA “How Quickly Dogs Multiply”)
Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer healthier lives.
Spaying eliminates the possibility of ovarian and uterine cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly if spayed before your pets first heat cycle.
Neutering reduces the risk of testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostrate disease.
Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
Neutering makes cats less likely to spray and mark their territory.
Neutering pets makes them less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
Stopping the viscious cycle of pet overpopulation and needless euthansia of unwanted dogs and cats BEGINS WITH EACH AND EVERY PET OWNER.
PAAW welcomes and supports Lafayette’s low cost spay & neuter clinic, SPAY NATION, which opened in the spring of 2010. PAAW refers all pet owners seeking to have their animal spayed or neutered to go to SPAY NATION, located at 1640 N. Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA. (Phone 337-264-1088)