Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is proud to host several low-cost spay and neuter clinics per year. Spaces at our clinics are reserved for those who are in financial need and would not be able to get their pets spayed/neutered through any other means. Please visit our special events page and follow us on Facebook for updates on our upcoming clinics.
Millions of healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized each year in the U.S. because there simply aren’t enough homes for them all. Spaying and neutering your pets is a proven way to end the cycle and reduce the number of unwanted animals.
Not convinced yet? Check out these other reasons to spay and neuter your pet (via ASPCA)
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying before your pet’s first heat cycle offers the best protection from these diseases.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering prevents testicular cancer. Altering dogs will increase their lifespan an average of 1-3 years; cats, 3-5 years.
While cycles vary, female cats usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during the breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently, sometimes all over the house.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under fences and escaping from the house. Once he’s free to roam he’s also at risk of fights with other males, injury risks from cars, etc.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can also be avoided by early neutering.
Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to gain weight. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray.
Stray animals can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage property, and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not setting a good lesson for your children when so many unwanted animals end up at shelters. There are tons of books and videos to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.