Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter
- You will save thousands of lives. Failing to spay/neuter is the biggest cause of pet overpopulation, suffering and euthanasia.
65,000. That’s the number of offspring one un-spayed, un-neutered dog (or cat) and his/her intact mate can produce in approximately six years if none of their offspring are spayed/neutered
- There are not enough people to adopt all of the animals that are being created.
Your unwanted litter will most likely end up in a shelter where it may be ethanized.
- Your dog or cat will be better behaved and be less likely to roam, howl, spray and jump the fence.
- Your dog or cat will be healthier and happier.
Dogs and cats have a longer expected lifespan and will have less chance of developing certain cancers and other life threatening illnesses.
- You will save money.
It is expensive to care for unwanted litters and the medical treatment associated (unfixed dogs and cats have more medical problems). Rabies tags/license fees are much lower in St. Louis city and county for fixed animals.
- Your pet will be less likely to attract unwanted strays to your home or property.
- You will eliminate female heat cycles and the inconvenience involved.
Heat cycles can last up to four weeks.
- Spayed and neutered pets are more acceptable to your home and family.
- Spaying/neutering is a simple outpatient surgery with a quick recovery.
- There are low-cost spay/neuter programs, like BARC
Low-income individuals can have a cat spayed/neutered for $15 and a dog for $25 through BARC.