Pet overpopulation is a serious problem which results in homeless pets and shelter overcrowding. The problem can be combated in part by spaying and neutering. The Houston SPCA spays and neuters all adopted animals before placement in their new homes. By performing this surgery to all adopted animals, we are able to ensure fewer future litters coming through our doors.
Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering
MYTH: Animals become fat and lazy after being spayed or neutered.
FACT: Sterilization does not cause an animal to become fat or lazy. Fat animals are usually overfed and under-exercised.
MYTH: It's better to spay a female animal after her first heat or after one Litter.
FACT: Animals as young as eight weeks of age can safely be spayed. Early spaying reduces the incidence of mammary (breast) cancer and eliminates diseases of the ovaries and uterus.
MYTH: Spaying or Neutering will change a pet's personality and behavior.
FACT: Neutering produces positive behavior changes. Neutering can reduce or even eliminate annoying spraying behavior in male cats. Neutered animals are less likely to roam and be hit by cars or attacked by other animals or cruel humans. Neutered cats fight less and are less likely to get abscesses or become infected with diseases like Feline Leukemia (FELV) or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
MYTH: My pet is getting older, and I want another one just like him/her.
FACT: Every animal is unique. There will never be another animal exactly like Fido or Fluffy.
MYTH: I want my child to witness the miracle of birth.
FACT: Most animals give birth in the middle of the night, in a place of their choosing. A love of life and living things should not be taught at the expense of innocent animals.
MYTH: I can find homes for the entire litter, and make some money, too!
FACT: There are already far too many animals for sale to count on finding a buyer. For every animal that is placed, another dies somewhere else unwanted and abandoned. Add in the expense of raising a litter - food, vaccinations, stud fees, etc.- and the time involved, and any profits you may have imagined quickly disappear.
MYTH: Neutering my dog will make him less protective.
FACT: Neutering your dog may make him more protective of your family, since he is less likely to roam. Neutering also prevents testicular tumors, decreases the possibility of perianal tumors and hernias, and may prevent prostate problems later in life.