The number of animals living in shelters across the country is a testament to the overpopulation problem regarding cats and dogs. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between 6 and 8 million homeless animals enter shelters each year. More than half of those animals are never adopted, and some may live out their lives in shelters or be euthanized. In addition to animals living in shelters, there also are thousands of stray animals living with illnesses or discomfort from injuries. Spaying and neutering can not only help remedy the number of animals that have no homes, but it also provides several other benefits to animals. One of the more difficult problems to arise when pets are not spayed or neutered is the animals’ tendency to stray away from home in search of mates. Such wandering makes them susceptible to injury, such as those incurred when animals are hit by cars. Hormones can cause both dogs and cats to act more aggressively. They may get into altercations with other animals or even people. Stray pets can kill or injure wildlife as well, or suffer their own injuries when confronting wildlife. Spaying and neutering helps alleviate these problems. According to the organization PAWS: People Helping Animals, a group that assists with low-cost spay or neuter surgeries, spaying or neutering can reduce or eliminate the risk for many diseases and conditions in pets, such breast cancer, uterine infections, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. While animals may still be protective of their homes, altering surgeries can reduce aggression levels and marking of territory, too. This reduces damage to property or the potential of biting or scratching incidences as well. The urge to mate may distract pets and tempt them to roam, making them harder to train and affecting their behavior as a result. Spaying and neutering can reduce these impulses and produce more content pets. The ASPCA strongly recommends spaying or neutering your pet as early as possible, typically before six months of age. Spaying is done on females and involves removing the ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the male surgery and involves the removal of the testicles. These surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and do not require a long hospitalization period. Altering surgeries can be performed by the pet’s veterinarian, while some are done in clinics that specialize in these types of surgeries. The cost of a spay or neuter surgery depends on a pet’s weight, age and gender and whether or not the animal requires vaccinations. Many shelters and adoption centers require neutering and spaying before a newly adopted pet can be taken home. These surgeries will not change the personality of the pet in a negative way and do not cause the animals to become lethargic or gain weight. They can be an asset to fostering a healthy pet and a great companion. Learn more about pet altering by speaking with a veterinarian. Metro Creative Services
Low Cost Spay or Neuter Options

If you are in need of financial assistance to have your pet altered, you can contact:

Snip’n Save
315 Chestnut Street, Mount Shasta
(530) 938-4246 (for dogs)
(530) 926-1196 (for cats)

Purr-Angels
P. O. Box 672, Yreka, CA 96097
glamothe@finestplanet.com
(530)841-0717 or (530)842-0830