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Posted on: March 4, 2023

Prevent a Litter

Kitten with mother cat in background.  Both are brown tiger type cats.

We hear over and over how important spay or neuter is for our most beloved family pets.  There are many reasons for this procedure.  Not only does it help reduce the number of animals that end up in a shelter, but there are heath benefits to your pet as well.

According to the ASPCA, millions of healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every year just because there were simply too many.

Neutering (sterilizing a male) can prevent/reduce marking and aggressive behavior.  In addition, intact male dogs and cats are more likely to roam, become lost in their search for a mate, or fight other males.  Neutering greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer in dogs and cats.

Spaying (sterilizing a female) eliminates messy heat cycles, reduces the tendency to roam, prevents unwanted litters, and especially if done before the first heat cycle will practically eliminate the risk of mammary, ovarian, and uterine cancers in cats and dogs.

To raise puppies or kittens the correct way can be timely and costly in and of itself.  Parents should be tested for genetic abnormalities.  Care during the pregnancy by a veterinarian as well as supplies will be needed.  If there is an emergency, a large bill could result from interventions such as C-section.  And then there is the expense of vaccinating, feeding, and re-homing 5-10 plus kittens or puppies.  But wait, how do you get your kitten and puppy fix?!  We are glad you asked.  FOSTERING!  Many shelter and rescue organizations are in desperate need of families to care for animals temporarily, in their homes.  More often than not, supplies and other expenses are included and the best part is that you helped a homeless animal get adopted and can then help MORE.

So your next question might be, how much is this going to cost me?  The answer is not as much as you may think!  There are many clinics in the area that have realized the importance of spay/neuter to our overall community well-being and are working to offer extremely affordable options.  Our friendly staff would be happy to share options if you contact us .

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