Spay and Neuter: The benefits that come with a tough decision.

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Spaying and neutering your pet can be a hard choice to make but the reasons outweigh the excuses or counter arguments you may have.  Spaying my dog at a young age was hard but knowing my dog, Melanie, has a better chance of a longer, healthier life is a bonus.

Working at a humane society made me see how many pets are turned away just because the animals aren’t fixed. The shelter would have to produce the cost or rely on donations for the animal to be spayed and neutered. Here’s a quick list of my reasons that you should fix your pet.

  1. You will have a easier time finding an apartment: some complexes require your pet to be fixed. In their eyes it’s more of a liability issue and a risk they are not willing to take if something happens with another resident’s dog.
  2. If you really have to surrender your pet to an animal shelter or humane society, the chances of your pet getting readopted is higher. For the animals who are looking for a home and are not fixed, the cost of fixing the animal can transfer into the adoption fee.
  3. Your pet can live a longer and healthier life, especially for males the chance of having testicular cancer goes down if done at a young age.
  4. Reduces overpopulation in the community: There is so many animals that produce litters and are unable to find homes for all of the young offspring. There is already a lot of dogs and cats that cannot find a home without including the numbers of young puppies and kittens.
  5. (adding to #4) It lowers the rate of putting down animals in shelters. From personal experience of hearing horrible stories, some shelters would rather put down an animal that isn’t fixed than one who is.
  6. It can be cheap or even free to have your pet spayed and neutered: Look at your local shelters and humane societies in your area and surrounded cities and look at my previous post to see where you can find these clinics, too.

Check out SpayUSA.ORG to see their list of reasons why spay and neuter isn’t a bad thing.

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