Why Spay or Neuter?

Why Spay/Neuter?

Because it is the right thing to do!

Spay/Neuter Saves Lives.

In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year.  The single most important thing that we can do to save cats and dogs from all the suffering and death that their overpopulation causes is to spay and neuter them.

What is spay/neuter?

  • spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.
  • neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
  • The surgeries are performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel pain during the procedure.
  • When someone says an animal is “fixed” or “altered” that means the animal has been spayed or neutered.

Benefits for you and your pet
Your companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience fewer headaches if you get him or her spayed or neutered.

Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates:

  • The odds of breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
  • Frustration in resisting the natural urge to mate. Your companion will be less distracted, more easily trained, and a more contented member of your family.
  • The animal’s need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
  • Messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
  • The tendency to bite. However, your pet will still be protective of his home and family even after being altered. Aggression is different from protectiveness.
  • Spraying, wailing, marking territory, or making inappropriate sexual approaches toward people or objects.

In addition, Napa County offers lower license fees for spayed/neutered pets.

Benefits for your community
Spaying and neutering helps reduce the number of strays and unwanted animals in a community.

  • Stray animals get into garbage cans, scare people, cause car accidents, and damage property.
  • Irresponsible or accidental breeding contributes to dog attacks and bites.
  • Some stray animals kill or injure wildlife.
  • Communities spend millions of tax dollars every year to provide care for unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals.

Spay/neuter myths
Pet owners cite many reasons why they won’t spay or neuter their animal. Among them:

  • “My pet will become fat.”
    Too much food and lack of exercise makes a pet fat. If you monitor food intake and provide exercise, your pets will stay trim.
  • “He’s purebred so he can’t be fixed.”
    Purebreds and their offspring also end up homeless in shelters. Purebreds not spayed or neutered can also contribute to the problem of overpopulation.
  • “I will find good homes for all of the kittens (or puppies).”
    If each of the great homes ready to welcome your pet’s offspring would instead adopt from a shelter, they–and you–could potentially save the lives of deserving animals waiting for a new home.
  • “My pet is so special I want another pet just like her.”
    There is no guarantee that puppies and kittens will inherit their parents’ best qualities. In fact, they may just as easily inherit the worst qualities.


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