Spay/Neuter Importance | Humane Society
Statistics | Prevention
Benefits | Spay/Neuter Discount
Why spay and neuter
A kitten or a puppy is a pleasant
addition to a family, but when it matures and starts having litters
of kittens or puppies these litters, and even the cat or dog,
sometimes become unwanted. Most people don't mean to be cruel
to animals. Some pet-owners let unwanted kittens and puppies
off on their own to give them a "running chance," so
to speak, rather than have them face possible euthanization at
the pound or shelter. The cruel fact is that the abandoned animal,
whether living in a home that really doesn't want it or fending
for itself in the fields or streets, doesn't stand a chance.
Some abandoned pets starve to death. They contract disease by
rummaging through garbage or become victims of other painful
deaths. The ones that are presented to shelters are well cared
for but, unfortunately, given the difficulty of finding adoptive
homes, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized within two weeks
of being rescued.
According to the Humane Society of
the United States...
- 5 million dogs and cats are
killed yearly in U.S. shelters. That is 13,800 every day or 575
dogs and cats killed every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a
- In six years, one female
dog and her off spring can theoretically be the source of 67,000
- In seven years, one female
cat and her off spring can theoretically be the source of 420,000
Prevention is the answer
The best way to prevent senseless
cruelties to animals is to preclude the birth of unwanted litters.
PROD recommends spaying female dogs and cats and neutering the
males as the most effective solution to the pet overpopulation
problem. Communities which actively promote spay/neuter programs
significantly decrease the numbers of animals having to be destroyed.
Benefits of altering your pets
- Your pet will be healthier!
- Your female dog or cat will
not suffer the stress and frustration of heat periods and will
face much less risk of developing cancer of the breast or serious
infections of the uterus.
- Your male dog will be less
inclined to fight other animals and will face much less risk
of developing prostate infections or prostate cancer.
- Spayed/neutered animals will
have less tendency to roam away from your property.
- Contrary to popular belief,
your altered pet will not become fat and lazy unless you overfeed
and/or underexercise it.
- It will retain its zest for
life and all the characteristics that you acquired it for.
PROD offers spay/neuter discount certificates
PROD offers financial assistance
to those in need of help to have their pet(s) spayed or neutered.
This is only made possible through PROD matching a discount offered
by some of our local veterinarians. Up to a 50% discount certificate
is available for those meeting the general requirements. Assistance
is also available for those rescuing strays. Call to see if you
qualify at 541-387-DOGS (3647).
COLUMBIA GORGE VETERINARY CLINIC
Hood River ï 541-386-7773
TUCKER ROAD ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Hood River ï 541-386-1566
UPPER VALLEY VETERINARY CLINIC
Hood River ï 541-352-7446