"Having your pet spayed or neutered is a part of
responsible pet ownership and an important
investment in your pet's long-term good health."
- American Veterinary Medical Association
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the spay & neuter process
What Can Spaying & Neutering Do for My Pet?
- Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
- Spaying females can help prevent cancer of the reproductive tract and greatly
reduces the risk of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before
her first estrus cycle.
- Neutering males eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer and decreases
the risk of prostate disease.
- Spaying and neutering can make pets better, more affectionate companions.
- Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavioral and temperamental problems
than animals that have been spayed or neutered.
- Neutering can make pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get
Did You Know?
- 46% of dogs and 35% of cats surrendered have been owned for less than a year.
- 6,600,000 dogs received by shelters were killed last year on a nationwide basis.
- 8,400,000 cats taken in by shelters are killed on a nationwide basis.
- California spends over $250 million each year to house and care for over 1
million unwanted and abandoned pets, half of which are ultimately euthanized.
- In 2006, over 53,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens were euthanized in the
Central Valley alone.
- On a national level, 45% of dogs and 35% of cats that enter shelters have been
owned for less than a year.
- An estimated 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year.
- Based on national averages, a single fertile female cat and her offspring can
produce over 47,000 kittens during a 5-year period, and a single fertile female
dog and her offspring can produce over 65,000 puppies.
Across the United States, unwanted animals are taken to shelters every day. It is estimated that this year
alone, more than 15 million healthy, friendly dogs and cats will be killed simply because they are unwanted.
Central Valley Statistics
- 85% of animals taken in by shelters in the Central Valley are killed.
- 110 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are destroyed at shelters in Fresno County EACH DAY.