Why is it important to Spay and Neuter a dog?Ā  The single most important thing that we can do to save dogs and cats from all the suffering and death that their overpopulation causes is to spay and neuter them.

Spaying and neutering are routine, affordable surgeries that can prevent thousands of animals from being born, only to suffer and struggle to survive on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanized for lack of a loving home.

Spaying and neutering decrease the health hazards for the animals. As a result of having intact and breeding, animals can contract or develop a range of potentially deadly health issues and transmissible diseases, such as pyometra (an infection in the uterus), TVT malignant (cancerous) tumors, and reproductive malignancies. When an animal is spayed or neutered, these dangers are eliminated.

Sterilized animals live longer, happier lives. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases, such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia, which are spread through bodily fluids.

Communities are coping with problems that a failure to spay and neuter causes. The one-time cost of spaying or neutering is far lower than the expense involved in rounding up strays, feeding and housing abandoned animals, and euthanizing those for whom homes cannot be found.