The importance of spaying and neutering (part 1)

By Ana Roxanda Godoy

A family came to the SPA the other day, seeking our help. They owned five dogs, could not afford to feed them, and hoped the SPA would admit their dogs for adoption. Two were pregnant females. Sadly, we did not have room. What will happen to these dogs and their offspring? Look at the stray dogs roaming the streets of San Miguel. How many of you have seen females, obviously nursing, starving and looking for food? Having no choice, will these families allow their pets to be among the homeless?

Stories like this highlight the importance of sterilization — that is, permanently rendering the animal incapable of reproducing. “Spaying” is the term that applies to females; “neutering” applies to males. Both operations are performed under anesthesia. Without sterilization, over six years one fertile dog and her fertile offspring can produce 67,000 dogs. In seven years, two cats can produce 420,000 cats.

Most countries, including Mexico, have too many companion animals and are forced to kill them or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions. Sterilization helps communities by reducing the numbers of strays. In Part 2, I will tell you the many ways it also benefits the animals.

Dr. Ana Roxanda Godoy is a collaborator with the SPA



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