SPAY AND NEUTER MYTHS AND FACTS

 

Anyone that knows me, or has come within 20 yards of me, will have 

heard my very strong opinion on the importance of spaying or neutering 

your family pet. If you believe the myth that having just one litter “so that 

your child can experience the miracle of birth”, you should first watch the 

heartbreak of euthanasia due to overpopulation. Thousands of unwanted, 

homeless and stray puppies and kittens are born in the US yearly. Those who 

do not find homes are taken to already overcrowded shelters. Some are 

dumped and left to wander, becoming prey to wildlife or automobiles. Some 

just starve to death. Not a pretty picture!

 

Some think that altering your family pet is too expensive, but it is a 

small price to pay compared to caring for a pregnant female properly, 

possible birth complications, and the time and money spent on finding 

homes for her offspring. Price shopping at all local vet clinics for the lowest 

prices is certainly an option. Spay and neuter vouchers/certificates are 

usually available by calling animal rescues or shelters. 

 

The old excuse that my dog is a purebred just doesn’t fly. Statistics 

show that ¼ of all shelter dogs are purebred. Spaying and neutering not only 

reduces the number of accidental pregnancies and unwanted puppies and 

kittens, it also has health and behavioral benefits. It protects female dogs 

against breast cancer, especially if they are spayed before their first heat, as 

well as other diseases of the reproductive system. Neutered males are less 

likely to develop prostate enlargement and eliminates any possibility of 

testicular cancer. Neutered males are less aggressive with other dogs and 

less likely to bite. They are less apt to roam, looking for female 

“companionship”. This also cuts down on digging out of the yard and 

reduces the possibility of being hit by autos or being picked up as strays. 

 

Males will be less likely to urinate indoors, marking their territory. 

Giving birth is stressful to female cats and dogs. Many times a female 

does not have time between pregnancies to recover and regain strength. She 

can become thin and weak, susceptible to parasites and disease. 

Every pet owner that allows their unaltered pet to roam is responsible 

for the huge overpopulation of animals. For each puppy or kitten born as a 

result of an unspayed female, one puppy or kitten will be euthanized at a 

 

There are several ways that you can help with this problem. Start with 

spaying or neutering your own pets. Donating to reputable organizations 

such as Raney-Katie, S.A.F.E., Raining Cats and Dogs, SNIPP, or Another 

Chance Animal Rescue, to name a few of my favorites. Sponsoring a spay at 

a vet clinic is another option. But most importantly, get involved by 

educating neighbors and friends. Please copy this article and share it.

Everyone should do their part! Any questions, contact Chic Miller at 

Bella Vista Farms Animal Sanctuary at 530-347-0544.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER – Just one female cat’s cumulative offspring in 10 

years could total over 80 MILLION! 

Two uncontrolled breeding cats…Plus all their kittens and their kittens’ 

kittens, if none are ever spayed or neutered, add up to:

 

1st Year: 12

2nd Year: 66

3rd Year: 382

4th Year: 2,201

5th Year: 12,680

6th Year: 73,041

7th Year: 420,715

8th Year: 2,423,316

9th Year: 13,958,290

10th Year: 80,399,780

That is:

*2 Litters per year

*2.8 Surviving kittens per litter

*10 Year breeding life

 

Chart by Chic Miller

Bella Vista Farms Animal Sanctuary

4301 Lower Gas Point Road

Cottonwood, CA 96022

530-347-0544

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