Last year, over 15 million cats and dogs were killed in animal shelters and pounds in the
United States, and this figure does not include the many pets who were thrown out of cars,
left by the side of the road, or dropped in woods and fields. And despite all this, we can't
seem to kill the myths that are perpetuating their destruction. Which of these myths do you
||If I spay or neuter my pet, they will get fat and lazy.
The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and
don’t allow or help them to get enough exercise. If your pet shows signs of putting on
weight, reduce the calories and make time to play with or walk with them. This will keep
their waistline trim, with the added benefit of helping keep yours trim as well!
||It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
Not true! In fact, medical evidence indicates just the opposite. Spaying your female at
a young age prevents uterine infections, reduces the incidence of mammary cancer, and
eliminates unneutered males from harassing your female pet. Prevention of all of these
enhance the health of your pet. Many veterinarians will spay or neuter pets that are as
young as 8 weeks of age. PPAW veterinarians prefer pets to weigh at least 2 pounds before
being spayed or neutered.
||But my pet is a purebred cat or dog!
Statistics show that one out of every four animals surrendered to animal shelters or rescue
groups are purebred animals. There are just too many animals, period, whether they are mixed
or purebred. Half of the animals in shelters, whether mixed or purebred, will be euthanized
before being adopted.
||I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel less than male.
Pets have no concept of sexuality or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality.
He does not suffer any emotional reaction or identity crisis as a result of neutering.
||It’s expensive to get my pet spayed or neutered.
PPAW Spay/Neuter Clinic provides low cost spay/neuter services to enable anyone, regardless
of economic status, to obtain affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services for their pets.
||I’ll find homes for the puppies or kittens that are born to my pet.
You might find homes for them, but you can’t control what happens to them after they are
adopted. If they are not spayed or neutered before going to their new home, they in turn,
will produce more unwanted kittens or puppies that end up in shelters, competing for a limited
number of homes. And, for every puppy or kitten born to a litter, one dies at the pound.
If your friends want a kitten or puppy, send them to a local shelter. There are many animals
waiting there, and their time is running out.
||My pet’s behavior will change dramatically after surgery.
The only changes you will see will be positive ones! For example, if male cats are neutered
young enough, they may never develop the habit of territorial spraying. Also, neutered males
cats and dogs will fight less over females in heat, resulting in fewer opportunities to
contract contagious, sometimes fatal diseases. They also wander less since they are no longer
interested in finding female animals in heat. Bottom line? Spayed and neutered animals live
longer, healthier lives.
||We don’t need to neuter males since they aren’t the ones having litters.
See the answer to the previous myth, and remember...it takes two to tango!
||My dog won’t be a good watchdog if I neuter him.
If your dog was a good watchdog before the surgery, he will be a good watchdog after the surgery.