Q: Why don't more people spay and neuter their pets?

October 13, 2008 | By Katiemissy | 30 answers | Expired: 2665 days ago


We are all competing for new or better shelters,but how can we get people to just get a clue and Spay and Neuter????

Readers' Answers (30)
Denise E.

Oct 14, 2008

Right now, I'm afraid that the cost would be the number one answer to your question. I've heard so many others and won't repeat them as others have and they're insane. So, short term, the best that we can do is to ask for our local veterinarians to gift their time to perform the procedures and the veterinary product manufacturers to gift product/funds to execute "free" with income validation clinics.

The best thing I've seen is a community education initiative that points out in a very precise way how altering an animal HELPS us ALL. Just for fun, some top of mind examples.....$$X saved in animal control officer time shelter maintenance and euthanasia costs/all paid by YOUR taxs, $$Y saved in a pet owner's case where a male develops testicular cancer and requires further extensive care or euthanasia, $$Z savings in motor vehicle accident cost reductions due to dogs wandering on highways/paid by YOUR taxes and YOUR increased insurance premiums, $$A saved due to reduction in property damage, animal bites from feral cat colonies, and on and on.

The approaches that work best are led by veterinarians, public officials, and are supported by "gifts in kind" like billboards, radio advertisements, newspaper advertisements, etc. that are provided at no cost. A well respected community leader as the "champion" of the cause always helps.

From there, mobile spay and neuter facilities are absolutely fantastic. A modified RV, essentially, is equipped with the necessary surgical tables, etc. and travels to pre-scheduled locations in the community over a two to three day period two to three times per year. Locations with veterinary medical schools close by are at an excellent advantage as third and fourth year students struggle to get maximum surgical time and will almost always volunteer. The local veterinary community will almost always ensure that there is an attending vet in this case.

If you REALLY want to learn "how to do it right", research the "Boulder, Colorado" model. Boulder was successful in achieving a state where there literally are no homeless pets to adopt! They regularly ship in homeless pets from all over the country to be placed in good homes there. If Boulder can do it, let's emulate their good works! We can do it too.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

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Paula F.

Oct 24, 2008

Most people don't realize the benefits of spaying/neutering. If people seen what some shelter workers seen they would not be breeding.

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Oct 17, 2008

The key is to educate the public about the importance of responsible pet ownership. This includes but is not limited tp:

1. Researcing the breed before bringing a new pet into your hoe. Does the breed meet your lifestyle requiremets.

2. Put the potential adopters in touch with a local breed club representative which can be found through the AKC. Breed clubs often have rescue representatives who are willing to coach newbies to the breed.

3. Explain the benefits of spaying/neuting and what it is involved with breeding such as making sure that the animal is gentically sound. Animals that are not genetically sound run the risk of passing along unwanted genes = unwanted pets=rescue (if lucky) the not so lucky risk the chance of being left in a shelter, left on the roadside or worse, euthanized.

It is up to us to speak out for those who can not speak for themselves. If your voice seems to fall on deaf ears, try SPEAKING LOUDER ;o)

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