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The Importance of Sterilizing Dogs and Cats

Olivia

By Megan Gabel

Facebook and Yahoo List posters often bemoan the fate of homeless street dogs and cats and ceaselessly try to find a way to save these abandoned animals and find them loving homes. What is often overlooked is the role of sterilization in this equation.

The simple truth is that sterilization reduces the number of unwanted dogs and cats. It should be emphasized by anyone who is concerned about stray animals whether because of worry about their well-being or due to annoyance by their numbers.

Sterilization 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.

Sterilization of dogs and cats benefits the animals, their owners, and communities. Pet owners should have their pets sterilized. Their pets will live longer, healthier lives. Spaying females helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. The messiness of a heat cycle is eliminated. Neutering males prevents testicular cancer. Neutered cats and dogs are better behaved. A neutered dog will have less desire to roam. There is no downside to sterilization. It is the responsible thing to do for all concerned.

At the SPA, we require that all SPA animals (like Stella and Olivia) are sterilized and include that in our adoption fee (500 pesos). Our cat adoption fee includes sterilization, all current vaccinations, deworming, the feline leukemia/FIV test, and the feline leukemia vaccine and booster. For dogs, our adoption fee includes sterilization, all current vaccinations, deworming, the leptospirosis booster, and enrollment in the Green Paw Pet Registration Program. Come and meet all our available cats and dogs at the SPA! Adoption hours are Monday–Saturday, 11am–2pm at Los Pinos 7. Call us for more information at 152 6124.

We have not yet met our goal for the Pet Food Money Bank, so please donate today! We need to raise 250,000 pesos (about US$13,500), all of which will be applied to the annual cost of feeding our cats and dogs. For more information, please see www.spasanmiguel.org/how-you-can-help/pet-food-money-bank/, call 152 6124, or write info@spasanmiguel.org. We appreciate your help.

 

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