It is the mission of Audrey’s Rescue Angels to help create a more humane and sustainable world for animals through education, advocacy, and promotion of respect and compassion. We believe that part of creating a more humane world for animals is helping reduce the over-pet population, thus reducing the amount of animals that end up in shelters. The best way we know how to accomplish this goal is by educating people on the importance of spaying and neutering!
Last week, we briefly touched upon the importance of spaying and neutering in our blog post about being a responsible pet parent. However, in honor of World Spay Day yesterday (yes, that’s really a thing) we wanted to highlight this issue even more by diving into the benefits and addressing some misconceptions that come with spaying and neutering.
We will be making some generalizations about spaying and neutering all pets, but this information especially pertains to dogs, cats, and rabbits. As always, please be sure to consult your vet about what is right for you and your pet.
Benefits of Spaying & Neutering:
- Reduces unwanted pets: 1 unaltered animal can result in thousands of offspring over the course of several years
- No heat cycles and reduces/eliminates the urge for pets to spray or mark with urine
- Pets will have less desire to roam, therefore become less likely to be injured or lost
- Decreases aggressive behavior
- Helps pets live a longer and healthier life due to decreasing the risk of ovarian and testicular cancer
- “Altering my pet will also alter their behavior.” While a benefit of spaying and neutering is that some animals will become less aggressive, other behavioral traits (loyalty, lovingness, and so many more) will not be affected.
- “Spaying and neutering will make my pet fat.” Not true at all! Weight gain is caused by excess calories. If you continue to give your pet a proper diet with ample exercise, excess weight gain will not be an issue.
- “The procedure will hurt.” Just like most surgeries, spaying and neutering is safe and relatively painless when performed by a registered veterinarian.
- “Puppies/kittens/etc. are so cute, it will be just one litter, and they will all go to good homes.” Each time you purposely breed your pet, other animals are waiting elsewhere in a shelter (and possibly facing euthanasia) because of no available home.
Prove your love and devotion to animals by being part of the solution, not the problem. You can save hundreds of animals by spaying or neutering your pet, all while giving your furry friend a happier, longer, and healthier life. Now that sounds like a win-win to us!