STOP THE SUFFERING: SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS
The Mobile County Animal Shelter spays and neuters all dogs and cats before they are turned over to an adopter. The county's Spay and Neuter Program started in 2010 because of the ever-growing population of unwanted animals on the streets. In the few years since it was started, the numbers of stray animals coming into the shelter have declined to about 3,000.
If you have a pet already, please consider the benefits of spaying and neutering. In our country, 3-4 million pets are euthanized every year because there aren't enough homes for them. Here in Mobile County, we take in about 3,000 animals a year and have live outcomes of 2100 - 2200 animals though adoptions, rescues, etc. Many of these abandoned animals already are seriously ill or injured when we get them. Most have been surviving poorly on the streets or have been neglected and unloved by their owners. The county does not have the funding or the public mandate to provide veterinarian care for these dogs and cats and must euthanize them, unless a rescue group is willing and able to fund their medical bills.
Please help stop the suffering of these animals and spay, neuter and confine your animals. Below is a list, provided by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) of the top 10 reasons for altering your pet.
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
- Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
- Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!
- Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Don't use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
- It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
- Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
- Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
- Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.