Pet overpopulation is the number one killer of dogs and cats in the United States. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter shelters every year, and each year about 920,000 animals are euthanized. Millions of others suffer as they attempt to survive on their own or under the care of guardians who cannot afford veterinary care.
Spaying and neutering not only reduces the number of pets who wind up at shelters but also improves their health and longevity.
- The average lifespan of spayed and neutered cats and dogs is demonstrably longer than of those not, according to the Humane Society. L Neutered dogs: 13-18% longer lives, spayed dogs 23-26% longer, neutered cats 62% longer, and spayed cats 39% longer.
- Spaying and neutering reduces the risk of uterine, ovarian, mammary gland, and testicular cancer as well as pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus.
- Spayed and neutered animals tend to roam less, resulting in fewer injuries, infections, vehicle strikes, and accidents.
- Owners of sterilized pets have fewer vet bills for all the reasons listed above not to mention the cost of unplanned litters.
- Spaying and neutering can reduce behavior problems but does not change an animal’s fundamental personality.