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Post Date:09/24/2018 2:08 PM

There is a homeless pet dilemma across the United States. Unfortunately, this, results in the euthanization of nearly 3 million healthy dogs and cats each year simply due to a lack of homes for these animals. IMG_3954

Your local no-kill Raymore Animal Shelter cares for unwanted pets on a daily basis. So far this year, our Animal Control officers have adopted out, or transferred to larger facilities in hopes of faster adoption, more than 175 abandoned cats and dogs, including several litters of kittens born at the shelter.

So where does spaying and neutering come in?

“One unspayed cat can have possibly more than 100 kittens in her lifetime, and if her kittens aren’t sterilized either, the numbers are staggering in just a few years time,” Animal Control Officer Jamie Hasenyager said. “Bailey (Romi, ACO) and I love each animal that comes through our doors, but sometimes we also struggle with finding these animals homes. Some of their situations are heartbreaking. We hope that by sharing information on the importance of spaying and neutering your pets and responsible pet ownership as much as we can, we’ll make a difference here in Raymore and beyond when it comes to unwanted and abandoned animals.”

Behavioral and Medical Benefits

Besides helping to curb pet homelessness, there are numerous behavioral and medical benefits to spaying and neutering your pets.

“For medical reasons, spaying or neutering your pet reduces the risk of some and completely eliminates the risk of other types of cancers in your dog or cat,” Dr. Matt Scheele of Raymore Animal Clinic said. “For instance, in a female, spaying eliminates the risk of ovarian cancer and reduces the risk of mammary cancer later in life. It also reduces the risk of a serious and potentially deadly uterine infection called pyometra. In males, neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and greatly reduces the risk of prostate and other types of cancers.”

Reducing or eliminating risks of certain cancers leads to a longer life span. Studies have shown that neutered and spayed dogs and cats also have a reduced urge to roam, limiting their exposure to potentially deadly hazards such as fights with other animals and getting hit by cars.

Other behaviors that can be improved by spay/neuter include the urge to spray or mark, aggression, excessive barking, mounting or other dominance-related habits. However, it is important to remember that spaying or neutering pets won’t change their basic behaviors, such as their protective instinct.

When to Spay/Neuter

Dr. Scheele advises that it’s better to wait until bigger dogs are a year old to get them neutered or spayed to give their bones more time to develop; otherwise six months is the general age for this procedure.

While many shelters advocate early neutering and spaying for cats since they cannot be adopted until they are sterilized, there are studies that support both early neutering and waiting until the kitten is a bit older: ask your veterinarian’s advice to help you decide.

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