Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Why spaying and neutering pets is still important

There are many families and pet owners now enjoy the company of their companion animals by having their dogs and cats spayed or neutered but there are still cats and dogs living outside that are desperately in need of the surgery. And the population of these stray animals keeps on increasing.

Families who can afford to pay full price for this kind of surgery for their pets have decided that spaying and neutering their pets are very beneficial to them. Especially to those who consider their pets as part of their family.

Animals that receive little attention from their families are doomed to living their lives with no veterinary care and having litter after litter of puppies and kittens.

Fortunately, there are shelters and organizations like the Humane Society that accept some dogs and cats for adoption to suitable families. This kind of organization have helped many pets find new loving home and many pets have been saved from living outside in the extreme heat, heavy downpours, freezing weather and high winds, some without adequate food and water.

If you think you cant afford the services, you dont have to worry because there are also centers that grant awards to spay or neuter dogs and cats for those families with low-income and need assistance in having their animals altered.

Those animals suffer because of irresponsible owners who refuse to spay or neuter their companions. Dogs and cats usually have at least two litters every year, cats may have three litters in a year. These litters can be only two kittens but can be as many as eight. Usually, litters will be four or six kittens. Just think where these animals will go!

And in only four short months, these kittens will often have their own litter. Dogs, depending on their size, may have one or two puppies per litter and the cycle will go on and on.

There are only few puppies and kittens that end up in shelters while the rest is dumped, killed or left behind dying in hunger.

Dont be part of the problem be part of the solution! If you are taking care of a pet right now then thank you... but before the situation increases to 10 or more, take action and consider spaying and neutering your pets now.