The benefits of spaying & neutering your pet

"Spaying" is the act of removing the reproductive tract on a female cat or dog. "Neutering" is the removal of the reproductive organs on a male cat or dog.

We've all heard the phrase "spay and neuter your pets", made famous by Bob Barker the gameshow host of the "Price is Right". Barker was a big animal advocate, and he knew the importance of controlling the stray population through the proaction of animal owners.

What you might not know is that spring is kitten and puppy season, in particular the months March through September. Cats can and will breed any time of year; however, March through September is prime feline breeding season.  

A female cat can breed three times a year and have an average of four kittens per litter. Statistics show at least two kittens of each litter are female. Statistically, if those kittens aren't spayed or neutered while still young, they have a good chance of procreating.

Dogs can have two litters a year with litters of 6-10 puppies. Statistics show at least four pups of every litter are female. Just like kittens, the probability is high that unless these pups are spayed and neutered at a young age, they will procreate.

So, what are the benefits of spaying?

  • No heat cycles, therefore, males will not be attracted

  • Less desire to roam

  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle

  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies

  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

And. what are the benefits of neutering?

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking

  • Less desire to roam, therefore, less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents

  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease

  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies

  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites

  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Top 5 Reasons for Spaying or Neutering

  1. It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans. They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.

  2. Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.

  3. Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.

  4. Your community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.

  5. The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.

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Join us for our annual St. Pet-rick's Day Adoption event being held at the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter. 

The event is Saturday, March 14 from 10am to 3pm. The shelter location is: 240 Svoboda Ln., La Grange, Texas 

Adoption fees are $50.

Volunteers Needed for Adoption Event!

Calling all volunteers! We need volunteers for the following:

Friday, March 13 at 4pm at the shelter to help set up for the Adoption event. 

Saturday, March 14 from 8am to 4pm at the shelter to help walk dogs, clean kennels, cuddle with the kitties, clean litter boxes and counter attendants.