Over 3 million animals are euthanized in the U.S. yearly
More than three million cats and dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. Spaying and neutering is a simple, compassionate way to prevent overpopulation and euthanization of future and existing animals due to lack of shelter resources. Tuesday, February 24th will be the 15th annual Spay Day though events are taking place throughout the month. This campaign to save pets’ lives is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection organization in the U.S., and The Humane Society International.
Spaying and neutering pets has other benefits as well. It reduces health problems and difficult behaviors associated with reproductive cycles. Cancers, aggression, spraying and running away are some of the difficulties dramatically reduced when a pet is neutered.
Spaying and neutering are fairly routine procedures done under general anesthesia so the pet feels no pain. Cats and dogs can get pregnant as young as five months of age so it is advisable to spay/neuter as early as possible. . According to a report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, it can be done when a pet is seven weeks old with no adverse effects.
Low cost or free services are available through local humane societies, shelters and mobile clinics for low-income or qualifying residents/households. Los Angeles Animal Services offers discount and free coupons distributed through local rescue organizations and are honored by many veterinarians. Low cost or free spay/neuter programs throughout California, including L.A., can be found through the California Healthy Pets Act website.