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Real men neuter their best friends - Hooters steps up for United Action for Animals


Anthony, a neutered pit bull, gets some lovin' from
Hooters waitresses in New York City
Courtesy of Jen Panton

Call it stubborn pride or male anxiety, but mention neutering Fido in front of a man and he will likely cringe. And it doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar to figure out why. Since the ancient Spartans fought with swords and had six-pack abs (that wasn’t just in "300," was it?) the male libido has been associated with courage, strength, power, tail wagging and all things manly.

So when your average Joe finds out that his beloved Fido should have his manhood snipped off, well, it can be a bit disconcerting. Which is not to say that all females neuter their animals, they don’t. But men are more likely to have an awkward, knee-jerk reaction when it comes to castrating Fido.

Yes, neutering your dog means that there will be nothing to “show” between Fido’s legs. However, they now make a product called "Neuticles," which are synthetic canine implants that make it look like Fido is still intact!

Among other reasons, but perhaps most importantly, neutering your dog won’t contribute to the pet-overpopulation problem in this country -- one in which four to five million animals get euthanized yearly.

Animal Care and Control of New York City serves as a mandatory intake center that takes in roughly 110 animals per day, nearly half of which get euthanized for space constraints and the lack of loving homes.

That’s exactly why United Action for Animals, a non-profit animal advocacy group based in New York City, is hosting their inaugural Bet for Pets Casino Night at Marquee Night Club on October 1st. Proceeds from the fundraising event are dedicated to ending NYC’s animal over-population problem by setting up free and low-cost spay neuter clinics in the outer boroughs of NYC.

Jen Panton, the President of United Action for Animals and a former employee and current volunteer of AC&C, hopes the planned spay/neuter clinics will help prevent further litters and unwanted animals from arriving at AC&C, and thereby alleviate the massive flow of unwanted dogs and cats entering their shelters.

Panton states that for the event to be successful, United Action for Animals will need community support in attendance. She promises that the fun-filled casino night will include celebrities, a side walk adoption, free drinks and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and more.

United Action for Animals has even joined forces with a local Hooters restaurant to host the event. Several Hooters waitresses dubbed “Hooters for Neuters,” will be lending their sex-appeal to the spay/neuter cause.

The “Hooters for Neuters” campaign uses the slogan, “Real men neuter their best friends.” The campaign targets men who otherwise may not consider having their male dogs altered and has been replicated by animal welfare agencies throughout the United States with great success.

The Hooters for Neuters volunteers will be selling raffle tickets and “snip-chips,” United Action for Animals’ appropriately coined name for the events “funny money,” since all proceeds will go toward the free and low-cost spay/neuter clinics in the Big Apple.

Hooters’ is not a stranger when it comes to lending a hand in the community. “While this may be our first foray into the animal welfare community in New York City, we’ve also participated in the Jerry Lewis muscular dystrophy telethon, have worked with the Ronald McDonald House, and will be doing an event to benefit children with AIDS as well as an event to raise breast cancer awareness at Madame Tussauds,” said Will LeBas, the general manager of Hooters of Manhattan.

Like many men, Mr. LeBas was unable to vocalize his thoughts on castration, but he does agree that there are a magnitude of reasons why your dog should be neutered. Those reasons boil down into two categories: behavioral or medical.

Decreasing aggression, decreasing your dog’s chances of roaming when they sense a female in heat, decreasing urine marking, and increasing your dog’s concentration or attention span are among the behavioral advantages of neutering.

The medical reasons for neutering your dog are even more advantageous – it rules out the possibility of testicular tumors, will result in far fewer hernias, perianal tumors and even prostate problems.

There are also a lot of misconceptions associated with spaying and neutering your dog. Among them are that altering makes a dog fat, it makes a dog lazy, it changes their personality and that it is a good thing for children to see the miracle of birth.

As for the miracle of birth, United Action for Animals advocates that bringing more puppies into a world already overburdened with millions of homeless dogs is not the best way to show your children the birth process or the value of life. “The real miracle is in preserving the lives of homeless animals,” said Panton. “Preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others,” she added.

For more info and to buy your tickets: - Marquee is located at 289 Tenth Avenue between 26 and 27th streets; event starts at 6:30 p.m. on October 1st 


  • Mary Jo 5 years ago

    It is completely false that neutering decreases prostate problems. In reality, neutering dramatically increases the chance of 100% fatal cancers in the prostate. Neutering my dog killed him.
    On the advice of my vet, I will not be neutering my other male. He had a spinal stroke. His hormones are what is keeping him walking. After his injury I knew that his show career was over and discussed neutering. She told me that if I neutered him, he would lose the ability to control his rear end. It was a good thing that he was intact or he wouldn't be walking now.
    Spaying and neutering are not always the right choice. Protraying S/N as without negative side effects (which there are plenty) is unethical, amoral and fraud.

  • Sheila in NJ 5 years ago

    Spaying a bitch (that's the correct technical name for a female dog) tends to make her MORE aggressive, not less so! There are studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that demonstrate this. It's also fairly easy to keep a bitch from breeding -- just confine her for the few days once or twice a year that she is fertile; potty her on lead, etc.

    Spaying a bitch, especially one of a large breed, also increases the probability of urine incontinence, that's right, the chance that she will dribble urine at random times (and on your carpet and sofa), because lack of the female hormones weakens the muscles that control urine flow.

    Furthermore, at least 75% of owned dogs of both sexes are already "fixed" by their owners. That's done for the owners' convenience, not for any "health benefits" because there are few health benefits. I used to believe differently, but I've learned better. Hey, I'm a cat person!

  • Roberta in Manhattan 5 years ago

    That 110 dogs and cats turned into the AC&C every day represents
    less than one percent of all owned cats and dogs in New York City.
    In fact, most of those turn-ins are actually feral cats who belong
    to no one. Meantime, the nearly every owned cat in the city is
    already spayed or castrated, as are most dogs. New York City
    already has low-cost spay/castrate programs run by the ASPCA,
    Bide-a-Wee, and the New York Humane Society (no relation to
    HSUS). If one visits any dog run or any park during off-lead
    hours where one can survey many dogs at a time, one will quickly
    find out there are nearly no intact dogs left in the city.
    What can Hooters possibly add to this? What about some program
    to help unemployed or otherwise cash-strapped pet owners with their veterinary bills? Another spay/castrate program to address
    an already mostly spayed and castrated population isn't going to
    accomplish anything except some publicity for Hooters.

  • Reality Check 5 years ago

    Castration??? Oh, how smart the average Joe is listening to his internal and external workings that provide him with lifelong health. Now if only the 'smilin' snippers' of America would realize that too. But then who says that common sense comes with those who promote disfiguration and poor health.

  • ME 5 years ago

    I am SHOCKED by the complete stupidity and ignorance of the above postings above. Why don't you just sit outside the shelters and shoot animals. You may as well, your ignorance will kill thousands of innocent pets by contributing to the overpopulation problem. And seriously, I would like to read one study that supports your stupid remarks. Shame on you.

  • Shame on you 5 years ago

    All of the above comments stating that spaying and neutering is harmful to the animal are simply FALSE! FALSE! FALSE!
    Spaying and neutering animals is NOT cruel, and is NOT disfigurement! There is a MASSIVE homeless animal epidemic, especially here in New York City, and even the low cost vets (Bideawee, APSCA, etc) charge in excess of $100 for a spay or neuter. The areas of the city that have the largest pet population issues simply cannot afford that fee. A $25 spay or neuter would be a huge blessing to any area! Also, its NOT easy to keep a dog from getting pregnant. One mistake and you've got a litter of multiple pups or kittens.
    There are conflicting articles in many "peer reviewed scientific journals" regarding spay/neuter and aggression, but please take a close look and see that the evidenence that it DECREASES aggression is OVERWHELMING.
    Each time a spay or neuter happens, it is the responsibilty of the vet to portray the risks associated. The benefits FAR outweigh the risk

  • ME 5 years ago

    My apologies - I meant the below statements, ie, Mary Jo, Sheila.

  • SPAY NEUTER RULES 5 years ago

    An aggressive spay neuter program is the only way to assist with the pet overpopulation problem. We cannot adopt our way out of the problem.

  • Bulldog 5 years ago

    1+1= 67,000 - One unspayed female dog, her mate and offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 yrs. The pet overpopulation problem in NYC cannot be overstated. Stand in front of the AC&C shelter any morning, and you will see the line of people and police waiting to surrender unwanted and stray animals. Adoption can only have a fraction of these. Innocent animals should not have to suffer and die because of human inaction and apathy.

  • SC 5 years ago

    The only way to combat the pet overpopulation is through spaying and neutering.

    To those who think spaying/neutering negatively effects a dog's health I would strongly suggest consulting a new vet about that. Any vet with half a brain knows that spay/neuter is the only way to go in terms of aggression/cancer, etc.

  • GunnarGSD 5 years ago

    Spaying and neutering should only be done when medically needed. All other spay/neuter is done to pad profits.

    As with loose dogs, population control is managed by proper and responsible pet ownership. Failure to control the dog results in bites and unwanted litters.

    Spay/neuter causes obesity, joint problems (like ACL tears), cardiac & splenic hemangiosarcoma, spay incontinence, aggression, more frequent infections, increased risk of adverse reaction to vaccines, etc.

    Vets, PETA and HSUS have most pet owners snowed as to the need for spay/neuter. God put the organs there for multiple reasons - not just reproduction.

  • Bob 5 years ago

    There are plenty of health risks to castration and anybody telling you otherwise is plain and simple lying!
    Responsible ownership works just as well. It is ridiculous to say otherwise. In Europe most dogs are not castrated and still do not produce wildly. I have never had an unplanned litter in over 25 years with all intact dogs and bitches in the same house.

    I hope the writer of this piece is getting some professional help with her issues with men.
    Hooters? Neuticles?
    Are you serious????
    How about sticking with facts and science??

  • Jason 5 years ago

    Whoa Bob, slow it down. The overwhelming amount of facts and science that I've read supports spaying and neutering. That includes many different vets, and animal support groups. It's not clear what's at the root of all your anger (are you a breeder or something?), but work it out man. You're opinions are definitely, and thankfully, in the minority here.

  • Reedu Taha 5 years ago

    Bob, the only professional help I am going to need is a result of all the thousands of cats and dogs that are put to sleep each day and each year just miles from my home BECAUSE of the pet overpopulation problem. Get a job - better yet, volunteer for six months in a high-kill animal shelter then come back and talk to me about having issues!

  • kate 5 years ago

    To all the wise spay/neuter fans who are in touch with reality....forget (Bob, Mary Jo, Sheila, Roberta, Gunnar)...they are egocentric pinheads and most likely "own" purebreds and/or are breeders. They are completely clueless about how many animals are killed each day due to people not spaying/neutering.
    And to Bob, Mary Jo, Sheila, Roberta, Gunnar... get out of your comfortable LITTLE world, go volunteer at an animal shelter and educate yourself. Shame on you and your ignorant comments!

  • Shelley Bright 5 years ago

    First off, I would like to point out a very simple and elementary fact folks. Spaying and neutering the vast majority of pets in the United States of America would drastically reduce the crisis epidemic of unwanted pets/animals that proliferate county and city funded shelters, where they are destroyed in unseen and untold numbers to the general population- simple FACT. All of those on these comments that are widely against spaying and neutering could very well have legitimate concerns and valid reasons for not spaying and neutering your pets. If you a responsible pet owner, that can provide adequate documentation to attest to this, there is no reason or law being proposed for your challenge in having the right to control the breeding of your pet. This article was directed towards the irresponsible pet owners plaguing our country today. For the Bob's and the Mary Jo's, the Sheila's, and the Gunners, if you are too dense to get this, how on earth can we debate with your ignorance?

  • Shelley Bright 5 years ago

    Excuse me, Bob, what country do you live in that you think responsible ownership works well for controlling the pet population? This would be all well and good if the ENTIRE country were responsible owners. Once again, I find it very difficult to debate with ignorance. What point of this article are you not grasping here? Or do you even have one? Other than posting inflammatory comments?

  • ShelbySatine 5 years ago

    Everyone here has an absolute right to their opinion; however in this case, ignorance appears to be bliss. Please spay and neuter your pets to prevent the epidemic overpopulation of animals in this country. Yes, there are risks involved, it is a major surgery for your animal, and I am very compassionate toward the pet owners that have had any unfortunate experience while spaying/neutering their pets. But the larger and more immediate issue is the overpopulation of dogs and cats in this country. I know of what I speak, I volunteer for a rescue groups, walk the shelters to give the animals there the only kind words and touches they might recieve that day and am the proud owner of four spayed/neutered rescued dogs. There are so many in this country that work with these animals daily and it is still not enough to save the millions of animals that die needlessly everyday because of irresponsible pet ownership.

  • ShelbySatine 5 years ago

    Well said Shelley! I applaud you!

  • Bob 5 years ago

    There are plenty of health risks to castration and anybody telling you otherwise is plain and simple lying!
    Responsible ownership works just as well. It is ridiculous to say otherwise. In Europe most dogs are not castrated and still do not produce wildly. I have never had an unplanned litter in over 25 years with all intact dogs and bitches in the same house.

    I hope the writer of this piece is getting some professional help with her issues with men.
    Hooters? Neuticles?
    Are you serious????
    How about sticking with facts and science??

  • Mary Jo 5 years ago

    It is amazing how quickly the censors come out when a person confuses the emotional issue with science and facts that are against the author's views.
    To the folks that believe that keeping an intact dog and keeping him or her from reproducing is impossible, are living in a fantasy world. It is extremely easy to keep a male from getting a female pregnant and it is easy to prevent an intact female from getting bred. I have been able to do it for years.
    For all of you think that puppies just happen when there is an intact dog in the house, I say that we then need to cut off the male organ off of all 10 year old boys. We don't know which one will grow up to be a rapist. By doing the surgery we can prevent all future rapes. Isn't it worth it to prevent our daughters, sisters, wives and mothers from being raped worth it? You don't? It is the same reasoning.

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Hmmmmm I'm sitting here seriously wondering what is "convenient" for the owner about speutering a pet? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever read in a while, well aside from some of these other comments here.

    Anyone who works in rescue (on any level) and has a half brain recognizes the benefits of speutering. Speutering animals has been proven to reduce the numbers of homeless animals we see, as well as medical/behavioral problems. And I'd like to point out that speuter programs have already drastically reduced the pet overpopulation problem. You think it's bad now? Look at the number of animals put down in the 70s and 80s. And evening said that, look where we still are with the number of healthy, adoptable animals killed every year. So yea, it's still bad.

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    And Mary Jo while you might have been able to keep your intact male from impregnating any females, do you realize how many "accidental litters" shelter workers have to put down? For every responsible, reputable breeder out there, there are at least 20 backyard breeders producing litters that will crowd our shelters at some point.

    And you are using some seriously faulty logic with that rape comparison.

  • Julie Van Ness 5 years ago

    It looks like the breeders' associations are running scared. They are reduced to planting a bunch of non-sense in these comments. Reality has scored again with a great event, Hooters and all, coming up to raise money for spay/neuter clinics for those animals who are not purebred "registered" by their owners. These sterilization surgeries are properly done on animals deemed healthy by means of a pre-surgery veterinary examination and are not dangerous. Get over it guys. You lose. The animals win.

  • Shelley Bright 5 years ago

    Well, Mary Joe, since Bob, cannot seem to come up with anything "scientific of fact" other than cutting, copying and pasting the same inflammatory and ignorant statements/comments too numerous to count. Since the two you seem to have vast similarities, why don't you cite some of your "scientific facts", on how irresponsible dog ownership of unneutered/spayed animals is not contributing to the overall proliferation of unwanted pets/animals in this country today?

    And, please let's leave the overpopulation of wasted humans for another day, we are discussing the overpopulation of unwanted pets that are destroyed hourly in our country. The unwanted human population is another article entirely.

  • Shelley Bright 5 years ago

    The Mary Joe's and Bob's of the world are actually obviously AKC pedigree breeding junkies, that live off of the exploitation of animals to reap nothing other than profit. Criminals to put it bluntly. Nothing better than pimping out dogs for profit, only they do it under the guise of "breeding".

  • Bob 5 years ago

    There are plenty of health risks to castration and anybody telling you otherwise is plain and simple lying!
    Responsible ownership works just as well. It is ridiculous to say otherwise. In Europe most dogs are not castrated and still do not produce wildly. I have never had an unplanned litter in over 25 years with all intact dogs and bitches in the same house.

    I hope the writer of this piece is getting some professional help with her issues with men.
    Hooters? Neuticles?
    Are you serious????
    How about sticking with facts and science??

  • Katie 5 years ago

    Spay neuter programs are the most humane solution we have to the overpopulation problem. Why create more lives to simply have them destroyed?

  • Bob 5 years ago

    I don't know why my comment is being reposted over and over again.

    As for the rest - I am not a breeder and I do have a job. I have also been working in rescue and shelters for over 25 years and I have met a scary amount of unstable people during that time.
    It’s a fact that the majority of animals in shelters are feral cats, which are not owned by anyone.
    It’s also a fact that the number of animals in shelters have steadily declined. It’s also a fact that the majority of owned pets overall is already castrated. The NE seems to contribute a lot to that statistic.
    Shelters in the NE have reduced their intake so much that they regularly import shelter dogs from the south, as well as mutts from foreign countries.
    So why import from PR, China, Mexico, Lebanon, Jamaica etc if there is such overpopulation here?
    Maybe you guys should read Nathan Winograd … shelters which are high kill have bad management.

  • Bob 5 years ago

    As for the rest … if you can’t come up with anything else but the same old Kool Aid I feel sorry for you. It’s the standard tactic to attack the other poster. Throwing out the “breeder” attack is revealing but old. It only shows your hatred and ignorance, nothing else.

    This is what the AVMA says about castration:
    “Prevention of unexpected litters; reduced incidences of some cancers and reproductive diseases; and prevention and amelioration of certain undesirable behaviors have been documented as benefits to spaying/neutering dogs and cats. However, potential health problems associated with spaying and neutering have also been identified, including an increased risk of prostatic cancer in males; increased risks of bone cancer and hip dysplasia in large-breed dogs associated with sterilization before maturity; and increased incidences of obesity, diabetes, urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, and hypothyroidism.”
    There are plenty of studies outlining the risks of castrati

  • kate 5 years ago

    Bob- do you even have a rescue animal? Oh let me guess, you bought your animal...if you have one. Go post on AKC's site! You live in a bubble!

  • SC 5 years ago

    Until the shelters are empty - spay and neuter must be a requirement. It is the only way to prevent unwanted animals. This a fact and any uneducated opinions on this are useless.

  • alice in lala land 5 years ago

    the best "birth control" for pets and men is a LEASH.. but then Hooters would not go along with that...dogs have balls.. get over it...just as the losers who frequent Hooters.. they don't all get to use what they have...spay the Hooters employees and for sure neuter the jerks that go there to do what?? "hoot" even owls are that dumb

  • alice in lala land 5 years ago

    LOL now that's funny ..Shelly not so Bright talking about "pimpimg something out".. what do you think Hooters does?

  • Carm 5 years ago

    Hey Bob. Please provide us, the ignorant, credible resources for what the specific risks are to castration. Do these alleged risks equal the millions of death sentences for healthy animals annually across America? Please convince me you don't have issues with associating canine or feline castration with your own human masculinity issues.
    Thanks. I really do want to take your seemingly foolish and unfounded remarks seriously.

  • I Can Read 5 years ago

    Bob - what shelters have you worked in? As for feral cats, if you HAVE read Nathan Winograd, then you should know we should be spaying and neutering them and releasing them back into the wild where they survive just fine on their own w/o humans deciding that if no one 'owns' them, we should just kill them off...

    It’s a fact that the majority of animals in shelters are feral cats, which are not owned by anyone.
    It’s also a fact that the number of animals in shelters have steadily declined. It’s also a fact that the majority of owned pets overall is already castrated. The NE seems to contribute a lot to that statistic.
    Shelters in the NE have reduced their intake so much that they regularly import shelter dogs from the south, as well as mutts from foreign countries.
    So why import from PR, China, Mexico, Lebanon, Jamaica etc if there is such overpopulation here?
    Maybe you guys should read Nathan Winograd … shelters which are high kill have bad managemen

  • I Can Read 5 years ago

    ...furthermore, his suggestions about bad management are saying that shelters don't do ENOUGH to make spay/neuter available, and to increase the % of people who adopt instead of buy or breed (which is only about 20% currently, again, according to that book you claim to have read).
    In terms of "importing shelter dogs from the south, as well as mutts from foreign countries," you have got to be on serious drugs. In NY all our animals come from owners or the streets in the five boroughs and we still kill about half of them because more are coming in every day, a vicious cycle until we make some drastic changes.
    The sad fact is that a lot of them are NOT just feral cats (which is sad enough in itself). They are moms who have been used to breed for people who want to make a quick buck. They are cruelty cases. They are disposable possessions to people who created a life and then just "didn't have time" to care for it. And they are all worthy of a loving home. ADOPT ADOPT ADOPT!!!!

  • M. C. 5 years ago

    As a veterinarian I always STRONGLY recommend spaying and neutering. The gentleman above that listed the risks from our AVMA are all potential risks yes, but very very low and the benefits CERTAINLY outweigh the risks.

    It is a no brainer that dogs and cats should be spayed. There is no doubt that spaying is much more advantageous to a dog/cat. Neutering is the one that the AVMA is speaking of but the truth is, more diseases are caused when your dog is not neutered (along with behavioral problems) as well as the huge problem of breeding and over population.

    Anyone who is saying you should not spay your dog is flat our wrong and that is a FACT. Mammary Adenocarcinoma, Pyometra are two things that are both DEADLY. The risk of mammary adenocarcinoma (breast cancer) goes up dramatically every time your animal goes in and out of heat. Dystocia with animal improperly bred is also a huge problem.

    Simply put, every dog and cat should be spayed/neutered. Sorry Bob

  • Bob 5 years ago

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  • Bob 5 years ago

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  • Bob 5 years ago

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  • Bob 5 years ago

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  • Bob 5 years ago

    is that enough science for you?

    For the record: I am not against castration in general.
    I am against selling castration as the harmless, healthy solution to everything from overpopulation to irresponsible ownership to high-kill shelters.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. It is certainly one approach but just as certain not THE cure.
    The reproductive status in itself of an owned animal is irrelevant - the French, the Germans, the Dutch, the Danes, the Brits, the Swiss, the Austrians, the Fins, the Swedes all prove that responsible ownership of intact animals works. The European vets also do not sell the castrate-everything Kool Aid.

    How about leaving all the hate and ignorance aside?
    It doesn't become you.
    And the cheap and sleazy sex approach is disgusting. These women have issues and need help.

  • M.C. 5 years ago

    Of course you can find evidence of complications associated with neuter and spay surgery, ITS SURGERY and every single surgery has potential complications.

    I have meet many (and have friends) who have intact male dogs but these limited people are responsible dog owners (even though i still disagree) and do not pose a threat to our society, however the LARGE MAJORITY of people are not responsible pet owners and dont realize the problem at hand.

    I can find you tons of veterinary journals for and against every single issue, ear cropping, tail docking, everything.
    Cite any article you want but the facts are spay and neuter help DRAMATICALLY reduce numbers and the health benefits OUTWEIGH the risks.

    Sorry, but we can do this all day and its pointless. be responsible, spay and neuter your dog END OF STORY

  • kate 5 years ago

    Friends- Bob lives in a bubble... he either has a purebred or is an AKC or/or breeder proponent (both self-interest seeking)...he could care less about the over population problem which equates to millions of animals dying each year due to the lack of spay/nueter. If he did care, Bob would spend more energy helping this cause instead posting these absurd comments... along with the ones he is posting under a different names (Bob you have been caught!)

  • Kathy 5 years ago

    I cannot believe the vast misinformation on this thread! Bravo Roberta of Manhattan and Bob for posting FACTS! The "epidemic" is over gang. In the 1970's over 25 million animals were euthanized. Last year that number was less than 4 million. Does that sound like it's getting worse? NOPE - Let's try fact for a change, please. And yes, spaying worsens aggression in an already aggressive bitch. You take away the ESTROGEN (calming, etc.) and it gets worse!! I'm so sick of this crap from ARs and AR lites!

  • Roberta in Manhattan 5 years ago

    Shame on you, there is not a massive overpop problem in New York
    City, nor is it difficult to get a dog or cat spayed or castrated
    for considerably less than $100.00. ASPCA has mobile spay/castrate vans that travel in all five boroughs regularly,
    charging basically no more than an owner can afford to pay.
    As well, the NY Humane Society (no relation to HSUS) offers
    very low-cost spay/castrate services for needy owners. Yes,
    spaying costs more than castration, because it's a more complicated surgery. Similiarly, castrating a male dog or cat
    with retained testicles costs more than castrating a male dog or
    cat with descended testicles, again because the retained testicles
    makes that surgery much more invasive. But any of these surgeries
    can be done at low-cost in NYC if the owners qualify.

  • Roberta in Manhattan 5 years ago

    Kate, I don't know who Bob is, but there is nothing on this board to indicate he is posting under different names. The fast is that there are several of us posting here who are trying to inject
    a note of truth and sanity into this discussion, starting with the
    radical notion that owning a purebred cat or dog or even BREEDING
    that purebred animal is NOT original sin. For the record, my
    cats are alley cats who found me, which is fine with me. My dog
    is a purebred acquired from one of the best breeders in her breed
    in the country. That is also fine with me. The rest of why I
    or Bob or Sheila or Kathy or anyone else on this board have our animals is no one else's damn business.