Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | September 1, 2010

Spay/Neuter Does Save Lives

Yang believes in Spay/Neuter to Save Lives

Do you believe that spaying and neutering pets saves lives?  If you were a homeless pet you probably would.  My name is Yang and I was recently transferred to the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter from a shelter where there were more cats than shelter space.  Fortunately Second Chance had space and resources to provide for me until a family arrives and chooses me as their new furry family member.

Not long ago spaying and neutering pets was not the norm while euthanasia was – and over 17 million homeless pets were being euthanized annually.  Often these pets were offspring of cherished family pets, including purebreds. Maybe someone’s cat or dog got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed.

 Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them.  Since an organized and effective national spay/neuter campaign was launched, just over 10 years ago, the number of euthanized pets dropped to under 4 million per year.  In my opinion it is 4 million to many (that is one every 8 seconds!), but a significant improvement from 17 million.

Spay/neuter programs are indeed the reason these numbers are dropping steadily.  More regionally, last year over 38,000 of the 158,000 dogs and cats that entered Colorado shelters were euthanized – down from the previous year when over 45,000 of 163,700 dogs and cats that entered Colorado shelters were euthanized.

A reason for the success of spay/neuter programs is that many of the barriers to spay/neuter are being removed, first through education.  Pet owners are no longer keeping their pets intact because they believe it is healthier for them.  They are learning that spay/neuter of pets leads to many positive behavioral and health benefits for the pet, such as reducing its desire to roam, reducing the risk of ovarian or testicular cancers, decreasing aggressive behavior (particularly in males), and promoting longer and healthier lives of your pets.  Pet parents are also learning that spaying and neutering typically eliminates or significantly decreases a pet’s tendency toward marking (urinating in/around the house and neighborhood to “mark” territory).

Another barrier to spay/neuter that is falling to the wayside is the expense.  Now spay/neuter clinics and financial assistance programs are sprouting up across the country making it more affordable and convenient to have this critical procedure done.  Locally, low income San Miguel and Ouray County residents can participate in the Second Chance Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance Program.

Pet parents within this Second Chance service region can contact Second Chance (626.2273) for a voucher that can be used as reimbursement for a portion of the cost of spay/neuter surgeries.  This program is funded through the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund as well as the Town of Ridgway and San Miguel County and supported by veterinarians within both counties.

It should be noted that all Second Chance pets are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.  So when you decide to come and adopt me you won’t have to worry about little baby Yangs running through the house and you can just enjoy loveable, huggable me!

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online:  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.


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