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

October 13, 2008 | By Katiemissy | 30 answers | Expired: 2102 days ago

Katiemissy

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

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Paula F.
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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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Janet R.
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Oct 24, 2008

You hit the nail on the head! The basis of the entire pet overpopulation problem is spay/neuter.

Working in a shelter, I hear of many different reasons for not spaying or neutering your pet. The one that really makes me laugh is "I want my pet to have the experience"!!! What experience are we talking about! They don't have candle light and romance....and if you have ever seen a mother cat or dog with their litter hanging off of them and crawling all of them, it does not look like they are enjoying the motherhood experience in the least!!!

Until we get folks educated about spay/neuter, there won't be enough shelters, rescue centers, shelter workers, volunteers, foster parents or adopters to keep up with the reproductive abilities of dogs and cats. It will be a losing battle and euthanasia will be the only available option.

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Chellebearx
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Oct 22, 2008

Ignorance has a lot to do with it, as does cost.

People are really naive, like "oh, I want my dog to have puppies that looks like her" or want the profit.

Or some are cheap and don't want to pay the extra buck to spay/neuter their animals.

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Kathleen H.
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Oct 19, 2008

I think it has a lot to do with mindset - "It's not going to happen to my dog/cat." Isn't that the same thing we think about kids?

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Afghanhound
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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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Rebekah K.
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Oct 17, 2008

I agree... Spaying and Neutering our animals is soo important, there are many homeless animals out there and this problem will only continue to grow if people don't learn the importance of spaying and neutering. If we want animals to be in homes where they belong we need to reduce the pet population (as bob barker would say) and encourage spaying and neutering!!

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Ellen K.
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Oct 15, 2008

I think it still deals with lack of knowledge and education... also -- cost... I think every animal that is healthy enough to be neutered should be. As cute as puppies and kittens are -- I am not a big fan of them. Everyone wants one -- and the older dogs/cats do not get a home as easily. I know over the years more and more has been done to get the word out there to S/N your pet... education in the schools, in the papers, on the TV... I wonder what the stats are now vs. say 10 years ago -- how many dogs and cats in the US -- how many S/N, how many euthanized, etc. 1 born or killed is still too many -- but hopefully the #'s are going in the right direction...

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Lavidania
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Oct 15, 2008

Some people relate themselves to animals. I've heard guys say " I can't do that to Rocky! He's a boy !! Can you believe this..but it's true. They think animals should be spreading their seed .Ignorant

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Denise E.
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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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ComicKitty
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Oct 14, 2008

I know a bunch of people think it makes their dogs less manly or that it makes them fat. Unfortunatly when their "manly" dog gets out and breeds with every female dog on the block you end up with a whole ton of puppies with no homes. I\

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