Dr. Gary Block: Unexpected litters can account for a huge number of homeless pets in the community, who end up lonely and suffering on the streets or sitting in shelters, waiting for a home that may never comes. Spaying and neutering are common veterinary medical procedures that stop cats and dogs from reproducing. US shelters do not have the resources to save and support the large number of animals brought to their doors everyday. As a result, nearly four million homeless cats and dogs are put down each year. Most of these animals are just as loving and playful and loyal as your own, and would have made wonderful companions if given the chance.
Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce the vast numbers of homeless cats and dogs who are put down on animal shelters every year. Spaying or neutering your pet may also prevent some serious medical problems such as some forms of cancer and infections. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about the potential medical benefits spaying or neutering may provide your pet.
If costs are concerned, there were discount programs and low-cost high-quality spay/neuter clinics that can help. Speak with your veterinarian to get more information about spay/neuter and about what is best for you and your pet.
This information will help your pet and others live longer healthier lives.