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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

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Do you know why it’s so important to spay and neuter your dogs?

There are incredible health benefits, but most importantly, spaying and neutering helps control the issue of pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of perfectly healthy dogs are euthanized because there isn’t enough space in overcrowded shelters, or there aren’t enough homes for them. When you spay or neuter your dog, you’re ensuring that you aren’t contributing to that overwhelming burden of overpopulation.

Let’s start with the health benefits:

  • Your female dog will live a longer, happier life. Spaying prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer, and nearly eliminates the risk of breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs.
  • Your male dog will live a longer, happier life as well. Neutering prevents testicular cancer and problems with the prostate gland, and greatly reduces their risk for perianal tumors.
  • Neutered male dogs live 18% longer than unneutered male dogs
  • Spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs

Spaying and neutering can help curb bad behaviors, too! Neutering prevents assertive behavior and reduces the likelihood of frequent urine-marking. Spaying eliminates the constant crying and nervous pacing of a female in heat. Both can prevent the urge to roam, which poses risks such as injuries from traffic and fights with other dogs.

Many of the shelters and rescues we support through our Grant Program use their funds specifically for spay/neuter programs. One recent recipient is Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, who is using the grant funds for its spay/neuter and dental program and clinic, which will shorten adoption time and improve adoption numbers for dogs.

Shelters and rescues do their best to care for homeless dogs, but there simply aren’t enough willing adopters to care for all of them. You can do your part by spaying and neutering your dogs, donating to support our Grant Program, which will help more shelters like Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, and spreading awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering as a solution to the pet overpopulation crisis.

Sources:
https://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/spayingneutering/
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/spayneuter-your-pet
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/facts/why_spay_neuter.html

Click here to learn more about the Myths and Facts of Spaying and Neutering!