Spay & Neuter

OreoEvery year in the United States alone, 4 to 6 million unwanted pets are euthanized, simply because there is no place for them. Each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals.

There is an overpopulation crisis among dogs and cats all over the world. Simply put, there are too many pets and not enough homes.

Overpopulation of household pets causes many different problems, such as many animals being put to sleep, inbreeding which can cause congenital defects in their offspring, overcrowding of animal shelters and many other problems.

The most common statement people make regarding spay or neuter is, "I can't afford it, it's too expensive!” If you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet, then perhaps owning a petOreo is not for you. Pets need lots of regular care that can add up fast, such as vet bills, vaccinations, food, flea treatments and much more. If you have a pet, and you simply cannot part with it, there are still options out there for you to spay or neuter.

Spay or neuter is also good for your pet. It can prevent health problems and eliminate unwanted behavior, such as "marking their territory,” going into heat and other undesirable behaviors. It also dramatically increases the life expectancy of your pet.

Spaying a female will eliminate the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Neutering a male will reduce the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering will make your pet  less likely to roam, get in fights or become lost.

It is the healthy and good thing to do for your pet and can prevent more unwanted pets from being put down. Please show your pet and the world that you care - spay or neuter your pet today!

(source: Stephanie Davies)

Diamonds in the Ruff Canine Rescue educates consumers on the importance of spay or neuter. Whether you adopt your pet from Diamonds in the Ruff or not, please make your next pet a rescue pet, and make sure it is spayed or neutered!