Every single day, approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States.* Compare this to the 10,000 humans that are born each day, and it’s easy to see how we have an animal overpopulation problem on our hands. Each year, millions of pets make their way into shelters all across the country in need of homes and humans to love them; but, with so many puppies and kittens being born each day, this makes it harder and harder for homeless animals to find forever homes.
However, there’s something you can do: the most impactful response to this growing problem is to spay or neuter your pet. It might seem insignificant, but this is the BEST defense against overpopulation; and, with World Spay Day coming up on February 27th, there’s no time like the present to act on behalf of the millions of homeless animals nationwide.
In honor of World Spay Day, the Virginia Beach SPCA aims to reach record numbers of spay/neuter surgeries between Sunday, February 25th and Saturday, March 3rd. The VBSPCA will be doubling the availability for surgery, and the Neuter Scooter will be out in the community performing spay/neuter surgeries for five consecutive days.
Look for the Neuter Scooter in the following locations:
Feb 26 | Oceana NEX, Virginia Beach, VA
Feb 27 | VBSPCA, Virginia Beach, VA
Feb 28 | Happy Paws Training, Virginia Beach, VA
Mar 1 | Pet Supplies and Adoption Center, Virginia Beach
Mar 2 | Oceana NEX, Virginia Beach
All spay/neuter appointments must be scheduled in advance. Make your appointment today by calling 757-427-0070 opt. 2 for the VBSPCA Clinic, or 757-323-SPAY(7729). You can also make your appointment online by clicking Here.
Still on the fence about having your pet fixed? Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the best things you can do for them. Here is a list of ten reasons why:
10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter your Pet:
1. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases, and will help your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3. Your spayed female won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna, and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
* According to http://www.animals-abused.org/spay-neuter.htm.