Today's unplanned litter is tomorrows tragedy
but it doesn't have to be that way
Peninsula Spay/Neuter Fund
1. My pet should have one litter before she is
There is no basis for this claim. Spaying before the first heat can eliminate a number of infections and cancers, as well as prevent unwanted births.
2. We always find homes for kittens.....
Meanwhile, millions of adult cats will die simply because no one found them a home. Often a home is only temporary. Once they start to grow up they are often given up or abandoned.
3. It costs too much money.....
Puppies and kittens cost money too, especially when you cannot find homes. And if the female has difficulty with her pregnancy her life will be in danger and require expensive surgery.
4. My pet is so special there should be more
There is no guarantee that a puppy or kitten will be just like its parents. Your local shelter has many special pets that only have a few days to live. Pick one who is already wonderful!
5. Neutering or spaying my pet will make it fat
Too much food and too little exercise makes any animal fat and lazy.
6. We don't need to neuter males because
they aren't the ones having litters....
In one month, a male dog can easily impregnate 15 females, resulting in as many as 90 puppies!
- Some people wait to sterilize their pets so that their children can
witness the "miracle of birth".
- Witnessing the miracle of birth is only one part of the picture.
- Teaching compassion for homeless animals and a lifelong
commitment to owning a pet are lessons which will benefit your
children their whole lives.
- Observing wildlife in the spring is a better way to witness the
miracle of birth.
- Taking your children to the Animal Shelter will show them why it
is important to be responsible........... all of the animals there
need a home.
- Sterilized animals are less likely to bite. The majority of animals
that bite people have not been spayed or neutered.
- Altered animals can live longer, healthier lives. Reproductive
cancers and infections are reduced or eliminated.
- Neutered cats are less likely to mark their territory by spraying.
- Animals that have been spayed or neutered are less likely to
roam, run away or get into fights.
- And best of all there will be fewer homeless animals!