5/8/2013 7:53:00 AM From the Animal Shelter Office Spay and neuter to save animals' lives
Grace Rentschler – Chino Valley Animal Shelter, Adoption Specialist/Shelter Technician
Maci’s 11 pups all have families, now she needs a forever home.
Why spay and neuter?
Recently our shelter took in Maci and six of her 11 puppies from her "unplanned pregnancy" because her owner was unable to care for them. We were able to adopt out all the puppies, but Maci has yet to find a good home. Maci is a good example of why spaying your pet is important.
Dogs and cats can multiply at amazing rates. Consider this: one male dog can potentially sire 750 puppies in his life. If each of his offspring produce likewise, within seven years his offspring will number about 65,533!
That's a lot of puppies, and maths out to 6.5 dogs per person for a town with a population of approximately 10,000.
Not only does spaying and neutering your pets reduce the number of unwanted and neglected animals, it also has many other benefits.
According to the Yavapai Humane Society, neutering helps keep your male dog from roaming, helps your female pet live a longer and healthier life, and it will cost you less than having to care for a litter of puppies.
Spaying at an earlier age also has benefits. The National Humane Education Society states in their Early-Age Spay/Neuter educational pamphlet that, "Many veterinarians are now safely and routinely performing spay and neuter surgery on kittens and puppies at eight weeks of age. Low body fat makes these surgeries easier to accomplish and puppies and kittens tolerate the procedures very well and recover more quickly than do older animals."
The next time you get a puppy or kitten, please spay or neuter your new family addition, it can save lives.
If you have any questions about spaying or neutering, please call the Chino Valley Animal Shelter at 928-636-4223 Ext. #7.