Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet


  1.  Spaying your female helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.  Spaying before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.  Your girl will live a longer, healthier and happier life.
  2. 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.
  3. A spayed female won't go into heat.  While heat cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.  To advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate frequently, sometimes all over the house.
  4. Neutering your male prevents him from roaming away from home.  A male left intact will do just about anything to find a mate.  They will dig under a fence and escape from the house at every opportunity.  Once's he's free to roam, he could be injured in traffic and in fights with other males.
  5. Neutered males behave much better.  Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families.  Dogs and cats that have not been neutered may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house.  Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.  Don't use that 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.
  7. It's 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 unfettered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


Please help us decrease the number of unwanted pets in our community and call the Humane Society of Washington County for help with spaying or neutering your pet- call 926-8533.
Our spay/neuter program is open to residents of Washington County who cannot afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. Costs vary due to many factors such as grant availability and veterinarian costs. We refer clients to different veterinarians' offices in the community.
Please let us help you, and call today if you cannot afford to spay and neuter your pet.
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Phone: 423-926-8533