February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Did you know PMHS provides a Spay & Neuter Voucher for up to $100 towards a spay or neuter fee? They are available to residents of the towns we serve, and accepted at veterinarians throughout Knox/Waldo Counties, as well as the Community Spay & Neuter Clinic. Interested in learning more about the program? Stop by the shelter or call us at 594-2200.

Each year 6 – 8 million cats and dogs enter the U.S. shelter system, and sadly, fewer than half are lucky enough to find forever homes. To help turn the tide on these staggering statistics, February has been designated National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. 

Why spay or neuter?*

The good news is that responsible pet owners can make a difference. By having your dog or cat sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. Spaying and neutering will

  1. prevent unwanted litters
  2. help protect against some serious health problems
  3. and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct

What can happen when pets are NOT spayed or neutered:

Removing a female dog or cat’s ovaries eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the unwanted behaviors that may lead to owner frustration. Removing the testes from male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.

Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.

The procedure has no effect on a pet’s intelligence or ability to learn, play, work or hunt. Some pets tend to be better behaved following surgical removal of their ovaries or testes, making them more desirable companions.

* Reprinted with thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation