Hurray, it’s Spay/Neuter Awareness Month!

Sound dull? Not at all! I’m Super Smiley, blog dog, here to say: I’m neutered and I’m Super Smilin’! 

It’s Big

  • Last February more than 700 World Spay Day Events reported all 50 states and 41 countries participated
  • 24 spay/neuter resolutions were passed
  • 68,239 dogs, cats and rabbits were spayed or neutered
  • And, the vision of shining the light on this powerful subject came from the glamorous, iconic actress and founder of the Doris Day Animal Foundation

So lots of people join the action! But, why are they so charged?

Spaying and neutering your pets:

  • Your female pet will live longer and be healthier! Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 90 percent of cats and 50 percent of dogs.
  • Neutering your dog helps prevent testicular cancer.
  • Your female won’t go into heat and wander away where she may get lost forever.
  • Your male won’t have the strong roaming tendencies and try to escape to find a female.
  • He won’t have as strong marking tendencies as before and he may be calmer and less aggressive.
  • So, rather than focusing on finding a mate and claiming and marking his territory, he will be better behaved and more focused on his people.

As a big male dog, I’m happy and healthy and I like being able to relax knowing that Megan supplies my house, Angel is my only girlfriend and there’s no fear of making more puppies. 

And there are mobile spay/neuter clinics that come to your neighborhood! Low-cost clinics, spay/neuter month events and lots of ways you can join the cause!

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Good job, Smiley! Megan here now, and speaking of making more puppies, there’s a big picture or, more accurately, a huge picture, component to this as well.

Around three million healthy adoptable animals are euthanized in shelters each year, simply because there are more shelter pets than there are people who can take them.

The Numbers (Read this part fast, because the numbers are staggering.)

A fertile dog will produce one to two litters a year with about six pups in each litter. But, what if a dog pair is allowed to have “just one litter?”

  • Then the first pair would have about six puppies
  • Those six could then birth about 36
  • Those 36 > 216
  • Those 216 > 1296
  • In two more cycles the number jumps to 46,656
  • And in two after that, it becomes a staggering 1,679,616

And that is just with only the descendants from the first two dogs only having one litter in their lifetime. If they all are allowed to breed once a year, that number could become 5,729,472 in the same amount of time!

Since cats can produce 12 kittens a year, two cats could produce those numbers (5,729,472) in four years.

This sounds crazy but it’s all math, and this reality is why so many top notch animal groups like ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, Best Friends, Petfinder and PetSmart Charities all consider Spay/Neuter to be a major part of their missions.

Mission Accomplished!

There are many animal groups who are reaching amazing spay neuter goals, which is actually ending shelter euthanasia in their communities.  First Coast No More Homeless Pets Spay Neuter Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., helped create a No Kill city last year!  Best Friends aims to Save Them All with Spay/Neuter being a big part of their process.

You Can Help!

  • Live as an example. Spay or neuter your pets and tell your friends about the good news!
  • Help publicize local spay neuter avenues in your community, like mobile clinics that drive to your neighborhood, low cost clinics, or specials your veterinarian may be running during Spay/Neuter Month.
  • Suggest to your local clinic or veterinarian that they run a special event and then help publicize it.
  • Hold a Walk for Spay/Neuter and raise money to help fund procedures for low-income families.
  • Investigate grants like PetSmart Charities’ blitz grants for campaigns.
  • Volunteer with your local feral cat group to help humanely trap, spay/neuter and release the cats back into the colony.
  • If you meet someone who doesn’t understand the importance of spay/neuter, share this blog with them! And, share it on your social media to spread the word: It’s Spay/Neuter Awareness Month!

Until Next Time,
Woof and Super Smiles from,
Super Smiley and Megan Blake, The Pet Lifestyle Coach®

 

 

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