February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the last day of the month is considered World Spay Day. Every year millions of dogs and cats, puppies, and kittens go into animal shelters, and sadly, a lot of them die in those shelters. If more companion animals were spayed or neutered, the number of litters of puppies and kittens would decrease, and therefore, so, too, would the numbers of animals killed in shelters each year.
That is one reason to spay and neuter pets. There are several others.
Although a spay surgery can be expensive, especially for a large or extra-large female dog, there are opportunities to find low-cost spay-neuter clinics. The ASPCA provides a database of such low-cost clinics. Visit their webpage at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/low-cost-spayneuter-programs to find a clinic/program near you. The Humane Society of the United States can also assist you finding low-cost programs and clinics; visit that group’s website to learn more: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/tips/afford_spay_neuter.html?credit=web_id88387650.
If you live in Wyoming, as I do, you can visit the SpayWyoming page, a state-wide program of the Dog and Cat Shelter in Sheridan, Wyoming and an affiliate of SpayUSA. You might also visit the Care Credit website, a health-care credit card covering dental, chiropractic, veterinary, and other medical fields; the company often gives patients (or in this case the “pet parents” of patients) six to 12 months to pay off the account before charging interest (it’s a program my husband and I use for our veterinary bills).
The outlay for a spay or neuter might be spendy at first, especially if your area doesn’t have a low-cost spay/neuter program. However, the benefits of the surgery are many, including a healthier pet and not dealing with behavioral issues. But, a strong reason to spay and neuter is saving lives, not having to wonder how to find homes for litters of puppies and kittens and facing the reality that, if taken to an animal shelter, those animals may not get new homes, but instead, may die.
Please do your part as a responsible pet parent: spay/neuter your companion animal!
June is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and there is still time to find your furry feline friend!
Every summer numerous cats and kittens find themselves in shelters and rescues across the country. This is the time of year known as “kitten season” and wherever you go to adopt an animal, you are sure to find plenty of friendly felines just waiting for loving families! Some shelters are following the lead of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and greatly reducing adoption fees; check with your local rescue, animal shelter or humane society.
And if you need a good reason to adopt a cat this month in addition to lower adoption fees, here are some reasons why adding a kitty to your clan can be a good idea:
Whether you choose an adult, a kitten, or a senior, a cat can decrease blood pressure, alleviate depression, and help combat other health issues. In fact, recent studies show that a cat’s purr lowers stress and lessens chance of heart attack in people. So, consider adopting a kitty this month – a purr-fect furry companion is waiting for you!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.