Why is it so important to spay or neuter your animals?
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem and why hundreds of animals enter our shelter every year. Spaying and neutering is the best way to end pet overpopulation and ensure that every animal has a happy home.
- Two unaltered cats and all their kittens can theoretically number 420,000 in just seven years. A mother cat can become pregnant when she is still nursing a litter of kittens.
- Two unaltered dogs and all their puppies can theoretically number 78,000 in just seven years.
- “No homes for littermates” is one of the top ten reasons people surrender their dogs and cats to animal shelters.
- An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. That is one animal losing their life every six and one half seconds.
- Over half of dog owners and two-thirds of cat owners rank pet overpopulation as the number one pet issue we face in the United States.
- Tens of millions of stray and feral cats struggle to survive on their own in the outdoors. Although some are altered and live in managed colonies, most are not spayed or neutered and receive no health care. They reproduce at will and many suffer from illness or injury before dying.
- 51% of surrendered pets in the United States are neither spayed or neutered.
- Please note: It is a State Law that all pets adopted from a shelter MUST be spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption, or within 30 days of turning 6 months of age. One more reason to Adopt before you Shop! You are helping to heal the pet overpopulation. This means less unwanted and forgotten strays on the streets.