This is an excellent, short video by Jackson Galaxy on spaying and neutering your pets.
He answers all the basic questions:
- Will my cat gain weight if spayed/neutered?
- What are the health risks of NOT spaying/neutering?
- Isn’t the surgery too invasive?
- But I want my cat to have just one litter. Is that OK?
- But I want my kids to see the miracle of birth. Is that OK?
A recap of the statistics:
* 6-8 million animals are booked into shelters yearly
* 70,000 cats and dogs are born daily
* 3-4 million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized yearly.
* In the US, 1 healthy adoptable cat and dog is euthanized every 11 seconds
— Source: The Humane Society of The United States
* 3-4 million animals are adopted yearly
— Source: http://www.animalsheltering.org
* It costs over 1 billion dollars of taxpayers money to round up, house, euthanize and dispose of homeless animals yearly (MANY other sites state it is about 2 billion)
— Source: http://www.bestfriends.org
To find a low-cost program near you, search the ASPCA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database by simply entering your zip code. They are constantly adding to the database so if you don’t find anything in your zip code now, check back. Many low cost clinics offer services for as little as $30-$50 for cats and $40-$75 for dogs.