Did you know that each day in the U.S., an average of 10,500 humans are born? Sure, that's a lot, but get this: on the same day in the same country, an average of 70,000 puppies and kittens are also born! Do the math. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. The result is that each day, American animal shelters are forced to destroy approximately 30,000 dogs and cats. If this makes you sad, you're not alone. These numbers would go way down if every pet owner just got their animal friend spayed or neutered. Here's what you need to know:
What is spaying and neutering?
Why is spaying and neutering important?
- In 7 years, 1 unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce over 4,000 dogs?
- In 9 years, 1 unspayed female cat, her unneutered mate, and all their offspring can produce over 11,606,077 cats?
It has other benefits for your pet, too. Spayed animals have a lower risk of some cancers and other illnesses, and neutered animals don't have as many problems with aggression, fighting, roaming, and certain diseases.
The idea that spaying and neutering is "mean" or doesn't let your pet experience a full life is just a myth! In reality, neutered and spayed pets tend to live happier, healthier, longer lives.