No Birth Campaign / Spay & Neuter
Suncoast Humane Society has initiated an exciting new campaign for 2014 and beyond titled "No Birth." This campaign is aimed at aggressively promoting spay/neuter as the key to reducing euthanasia in open admission shelters such as ours. We know spay/neuter prevents animals from being born just to become statistics in animal shelters, thus the "No Birth" campaign.
Did you know that each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States? This is in contrast to just over 10,000 human babies. At this rate there can never be enough homes for all the pets. The logical way to solve the problem of pet homelessness is spay and neuter.
It is estimated that six to eight million cats and dogs enter the estimated 3,500 animal shelters in the United States each year. The sad truth is half of these pets will not be adopted. Spaying or neutering your pets helps reduce pet homelessness.
In addition to reducing the homelessness of cats and dogs, having your pet surgically sterilized can enhance your pet's health and quality of life. There are numerous medical and behavioral benefits to having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, especially early in their life (as early as 8-16 weeks of age).
Won't you join us in supporting our No Birth Campaign? Car magnets and label pins are available at our Animal Care Center to help show your support. And please, spay and neuter your pets. You can download our clinic brochure here.
Some of the benefits of spay/neuter are:
- Lower veterinary bills - Spayed females have a lower risk of developing mammary, ovarian and uterine cancers and uterine infections (pyometra). Neutered males have a reduced risk of testicular cancers and prostatic diseases such as hyperplasia and infections.
- A sweeter smelling house - Neutered males and spayed females are less likely to mark their territory or attract the opposite sex by spraying.
- Fewer dog and cat fights - Unaltered pets can become involved in serious fights causing deep wounds and transmitting deadly diseases. Neutered males are usually less aggressive to both animals and people, particularly if altered at an early age.
- No unwanted litters - Female cats can breed three times a year and have an average of 4 kittens per litter. Dogs can breed twice a year with litters of 6-10 puppies. In seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats and one unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 99,000 dogs.
- No early surprises - Female cats can breed as early as 4 months and dogs as early as 6 months. To avoid these accidental litters, talk to us about pediatric spay/neuter (8-16 weeks of age).
- You'll help prevent the major cause for death and suffering - In the United States about half of animals entering shelters will be euthanized because there are not enough homes. Many homeless animals never make it to a shelter and live a meager existence on the streets where they can become a threat to public health and safety. Pet overpopulation is the major cause of death and suffering for companion animals.
Common Spay/Neuter Myths:
Deciding to spay or neuter your pet means fewer pets will be euthanized for lack of a home. However, many people still believe some commonly spread myths about spaying or neutering. Here are the facts:
MYTH: It's better to have one litter before spaying or neutering.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. We recommend pediatric spaying or neutering (8-16 weeks of age).
MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats - mixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: It is a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special. I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: Your pet's puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet and loving as your own.
MYTH: It's expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: Our Preventive Health Care Clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter at a very affordable cost - under $100. Click here to download our clinic brochure.
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for your pet's puppies and kittens, but you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet's puppies or kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community, competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?