Every hour in the United States, more than 2,000 dogs and 3,500 cats are born compared to 415 humans. An estimated 14 million healthy, friendly dogs and cats will be put to death because there are not enough homes for all of them.
Ontario County is no exception. While we would like to find homes for all animals that come to the Animal Care Facility, we cannot do that. There are simply not enough homes for all pets at the shelter right now, let alone those which are not born yet.
Reasons why to get your pet spayed or neutered:
1) It saves lives. Each puppy or kitten you allow your dog or cat to reproduce causes one more death of a puppy or kitten already born.
2) It eliminates or drastically decreases unwanted behaviors. a) The urge to roam is lessened and animals are less likely to get lost or be killed on the road. b) Urine marking is decreased. c) The urge to pick a fight is decreased. d) Mounting behavior is eliminated.
3) It can prevent deseases. In females it eliminates the chances of uterine cancer and infections and mammary cancer are decreased. In males testicular cancer or infection are eliminated; painful prostate problems are decreased.
4) Your pet is easier to live with.
5) It saves you money in the long run. a) Surgery for females at 5 1/2 to 6 months is considerably less than for females who have had puppies or kittens. b) The cost of raising a litter is very high.
Contrary to Popular Belief
1) Neutering won't turn your macho dog into a wimp. His natural instinct is to protect you and his territory.
2) Neutering does not make an animal calmer. Only maturity, excercise and good training can calm a very active young dog or cat.
3) Neutering does not cause an animal to become fat and lazy. All adult animals need fewer calories to maintain proper weight.
Ontario County Spay/Neuter Program
To help curb overpopulation tragedy and encourage proper pet care, The Ontario County Humane Society has established a spay/neuter program. The program is available to Ontario County residents who, BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL LIMITATIONS, are unable to have their pets spayed or neutered. This program is available through the generosity of area veterinarians who recognize the need to limit the abundance of unwanted pets. These veterinarians agreed to donate one third of the cost of surgery. The remaining cost is shared between the Ontario County Humane Society and the pet owner. The program covers only spay/neuter costs NOT exams, vaccinations or other medical costs.
If you or somebody you know is on low or limited income, please click on the information below or contact the Ontario County Humane Society for further information at (716) 396-4590. (The free Adobe Acrobat Reader from http://adobe.com/ is required to read the pages below)
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