Spay/Neuter Is Key
Hundreds of great reasons to spay or neuter your pet were killed in animal shelters yesterday. Equally
horrifying, many more animals are leading lives of quiet desperation
The Best Response to Pet Overpopulation is—Turn Off the Faucet!
It is truly a national tragedy that millions of animals are killed
each year simply because no one wants them. It costs government
agencies upwards of $176 to capture, house, feed, and eventually
kill each homeless animal.
the word that when acquiring an animal, you assume sole responsibility
for her. Much like children, animals depend on us to keep them
happy, healthy, and safe. Be part of the solution instead of part
of the problem.
Have a heart.
Spay/Neuter is the single most important thing you
can do to make a difference.
to the surgical removal of a female companion animals uterus
and ovaries. The human equivalent is an ovario-hysterectomy. Females
who have been spayed cannot have babies.
They no longer secrete
the hormones that regulate their reproductive readiness. Heat
cycles bring hormonal changes that can lead to personality changes.
refers to the surgical removal of a male companion animals
testicles. Castration is another term for the same thing. (The
word neuter is sometimes used as a gender-free term.
So are the words fixed, sterilized, and
Males who have been neutered cannot manufacture
reality, neutering a male is similar to spaying a female. The
gonads are in different locales and the surgical procedure is
different, but the end result is the sameno
Female dogs go into heat every six months usually starting at
six months of age.
Starting at five or six months of age, female cats go into heat
usually twice monthly resulting in constant mate attracting
vocalizations, as well as territorial urine marking.
Dogs and cats are pregnant for 63 days.
Nursing dogs and cats CAN get pregnant.
Spay/neuter is a one-time expense that will result in a healthier
and happier companion animal.
who have been sterilized get fat and lazy. Sterilizing an animal does decrease his or
her metabolic rate. That is why this is the perfect time to switch
from a high-energy puppy/kitten food to a diet designed for adults.
After spaying or neutering an adult animal, feed a diet appropriate
to his or her life cycle. Over-feeding and lack of exercise are
the cause of obesity, not sterilizing!
dont need to be neutered because they arent the ones
having the litters. Believe it or
not, this is the most prevalent spay/neuter myth. Immaculate conception,
however, does not explain canine and feline pregnancies! One un-neutered
male can impregnate hundreds of female animals in the time it
takes one litter of kittens or puppies to be born.
• For some men,
anything to do with between their legs is sacred ground,
especially for their faithful hunting dog or tough tomcat. For
individuals who have a need for cosmetic reinforcement, there
are synthetic scrotal implants that can restore that stud-ly
• BTW, studies
show that the majority of dog bites are made by intact, untrained
need to have one litter before being spayed. There
is no medical support for this. Some people refuse to spay/neuter
because they think it would be “nice” for their
pet to have puppies or kittens.
in mind that every responsible home found means one less
home available to the many shelter animals hoping for adoption.
Each day animal shelters are forced to kill thousands of
dogs and cats for lack of responsible homes.
is cruel. Spay and neuter surgical
procedures are done under general anesthesia.
animals from having litters is unnatural. Weve already interfered with nature by domesticating
dogs and cats several thousands of years ago. In doing so,
we created the tragedy of pet overpopulation. We now have
the responsibility to solve it.
male cats causes urethral obstructions which can lead to death. Exhaustive studies have indicated that urethral obstructions
are not affected by whether a cat has been neutered or not.
is unnecessary for purebreds because they are in great demand. One out of every four animals brought to animal shelters
is a purebred.
cost of surgery is too high. Costs tend to be higher in cities and lower in rural areas.
If you believe that a spay or neuter surgery costs too much, how
do you plan to pay for quality pet food and routine medical care?
lament their lost capability to reproduce. Pets do not nurture their young for 18 years, watch them
go off to college or whatever, marry, and produce grandchildren.
Dogs and cats nurse their young for a few weeks, teach them to
behave like dogs and cats, and go on with their lives.
know next to nothing of what we humans call fatherhood. They rarely
recognize puppies and kittens as their own.)
• Females spayed before their first heat have a lower chance of developing mammary tumors as they age. The possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer is eliminated.
• Neutered males have a lower chance of developing prostate infections. They wont develop testicular cancers.
• Females will no longer go into heat, eliminating the probability of getting blood stains on your couch, floor, bed, etc. when your female has her heat cycle.
• Both sexes experience less of a need for territorial marking behavior.
• Both sexes experience a decrease in the urge to roam.
Both sexes become more docile and easier to train.
• The personality of both males and females usually improves because they dont have to spend so much time and energy seeking a mate. Neutering will make your pet more affectionate and devoted to you.
• Younger, smaller pets cost less to alter as less anesthesia is necessary.
• Neutering lessens your dogs temptation to fall in love with your guests legs.
• Neutered males tend to become less aggressive and experience a decrease
in the incidence of fighting.
• City pet licenses for altered animals are available at a significantly reduced cost.
• Having fewer animals in animal shelters will increase their chances of being adopted into appropriate homes and lifestyles.
• A reduced pet population will bring greater respect to (and place a higher value on) animals who currently are deemed disposable.
You will (we hope!) gain great satisfaction in knowing you have been part of the solution to pet overpopulation, rather than part of the problem.
about a Growing Feral Cat (or Barn Cat) Colony?
E-mail us and we’ll
discuss your concerns and strategize with you to
see how we can all pitch in and do something.
We have a collection of articles about Trap/Neuter/Release (some are peer-reviewed) that speak to all sides of this issue.
Unash Neuter Program
to a generous bequest from the estate of local animal lover
Florence Unash, the JCHS Unash Neuter Program helps pay
for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs belonging
to residents of Johnson County who qualify financially.
• The qualification process has been carefully designed to
respect and protect the privacy of the information applicants
are asked to provide.
• Download the application form or e-mail us if you would like to
apply for funds. Or you pick up a Unash application
at the Iowa
City Animal Care & Adoption Center. Call 356-5295 for their hours.
|The Unash Neuter Application is a PDF file.
|If you don’t already have Adobe’s Acrobat
download it for free.
May Qualify for Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance
Regional Spay/Neuter Resources
Iowa Humane Alliance (IHA)—6540 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA <iowahumanealliance.org>. Iowa’s first regional, non-profit, high quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinic! Founded by Mary Blount (one of our board members at the time), Mary worked for five years to establish and open IHA.
We feel lucky to have this resource and are very grateful for Mary’s work. So far this year, (2018 mid-march) they’ve fixed 2,000 animals. To get your cat, dog, or rabbit scheduled for a spay/neuter appointment, call: 319-363-1225.
Neuter Assistance for Pets (SNAP) offers spay/neuter subsidies through participating veterinarians
to qualifying individuals who live in (or adjacent to)
Muscatine County, Iowa. Call 563-264-2370 for more information.
of Animals (FoA)—1-800-321-PETSfollow
FoAs link to their Spay/Neuter Program
Iowa Humane Alliance—this group provides a network of support for other Eastern Iowa humane organizations committed to eliminating the pressing problem of domestic animal overpopulation.
Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (NCPPSP)—consists
of humane organizations, breeder groups, and veterinary
associations brought together to work on mutual goals
regarding the surplus of pet animals