The implementation of sustainable spay and neuter programs is the most effective method of addressing canine and feline populations that have exceeded the capacity of the local community to properly care for them.
Spay/neuter benefits animals and the communities in which they live. Here are a few reasons why you need to spay or neuter your pet.
Spay/neuter slows population growth.
Without spay and neuter initiatives, homeless animals are often euthanized, killed, neglected or die of disease or injuries. Sterilization is critical for management of overpopulation and related disease control concerns.
When effectively delivered and combined with vaccinations, spay/neuter provides humane and effective way to reduce the number of animals living on the streets, and improves the health of those remaining. Sterilizing street dogs and returning them to their territories on the streets allows for natural reduction in their population over time and leaves the most socialized dogs on the streets. We have found that the public views these sterilized and vaccinated dogs more favourably and the human-dog interaction improves.
Sterilizing pets prevents them from contributing to the problem of street animal overpopulation.
Spay/neuter curbs undesirable hormone-related behaviours
Females no longer have a heat cycle; this eliminates the attraction and approach of unwanted attention by male dogs.
Roaming is greatly reduced; male dogs, especially those used for security, are less likely to wander off an owner’s property if they do not have the hormone drive to pursue a female in heat. This way, they can better serve as watchdogs, may not need to be tied up, and are less likely to contract disease or suffer injury. Neutered dogs may actually be more protective, as they no longer are distracted by the temptations of breeding with females or fighting with other males.
Spraying and marking territory in males is reduced.
Spay/neuter reduces health risks for the animals themselves
There are a number of potentially fatal health conditions and transmissible diseases that animals can contract or develop as a result of being intact and breeding; for example, pyometra, TVT, and productive cancers. These risks are eliminated when the animal is spayed or neutered.
On the whole, animals who have been sterilized at an early age tend to live longer, healthier lives, potentially increasing their lifespans by an average of one to three years for dogs, and three to five years for cats.
Spay/neuter is cost effective
By spaying or neutering your pet, you save the cost of caring for future litters and reduce the likelihood of your pet needing veterinary treatment for injuries occurring when roaming or fighting.