Think it can’t make a difference if you don’t spay or neuter your pet? Think that because your dog or cat is a purebred or “has papers” that its offspring will be of value? Think having just one litter can’t possibly hurt?
Choosing not to spay or neuter your pet, for whatever reason, can have serious consequences. If you think you’ll keep your pet on lock down without the chance to breed you are seriously underestimating the power that urge has over your pet. Both males and females will go through great lengths to escape your barriers and fulfill that urge. They don’t know any better…you do! Choose to spay or neuter your pets.
Over breeding is a serious problem and a big reason why many pets end up in shelters or on the streets. While there are responsible breeders out there most are puppy mills, simply looking for a profit. The pets are kept in horrible conditions and bred until they can’t breed anymore. Often times they are then sold to another breeder to try and squeeze out that last bit of profit.
The sad facts about the growing problem of unwanted pets in the United States…
- Each year 6-8 million dogs and cats are turned in or picked up by shelter homes
- Over half of the healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized because not enough good homes can be found
- Shelter dogs are not always mixed breeds. 25% of all dogs in shelters are purebreds
- Over a 6 year period, 1 female and 1 male dog plus their offspring can produce 67,000 puppies
- Over a 7 year period, 1 female and 1 male cat plus their offscpring can produce 420,000 cats