Spay/Neuter is the only permanent, 100% effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Reduce Pet Homelessness
In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are millions of homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted, the rest are euthanized. More than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually.
Improve Pet Health
Spayed or neutered animals live longer. Studies show pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.
Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers.
For example, male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer and it is thought that they also have lowered rates of prostate cancer, and female pets that are spayed, have lowered rates of mammary tumors.
Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
Our organization promotes spay and neuter in our communities through our SNAP program. This program gives vouchers for spay-neuter surgeries to people who otherwise would not alter their animal due to the cost of the surgery. The number of animals taken in at the shelter has declined every year since this program started.