There are few things more upsetting than scrolling through your social media feed to see homeless animals with big, sad eyes, or local news stories with pets in kennels waiting to be adopted.
However, it’s becoming a more common occurrence.
Huntsville Animal Services, like most other shelters in the nation, is struggling with overpopulation. Don’t fret, there’s a bright spot to the issue – and you can be part of the solution.
Spaying and neutering your pets can provide significant relief to shelters and the communities they serve. What is spaying or neutering? Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) is the surgical sterilization of a pet – it’s sometimes referred to as “fixing.”
February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, so here are five benefits to spaying and neutering your pets.
It’s simple: spaying or neutering pets cuts down on the number of extra animals roaming the streets waiting to get taken in by the shelter.
A small snip can go a long way
Getting your pet spayed or neutered can prolong their life! A University of Georgia study found neutered male dogs lived 13.8% longer while the life span of spayed female dogs was 26.3% longer.
A lower risk of cancer
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying can reduce the risk of uterine infections or breast cancer in female pets. Meanwhile, neutering can prevent male pets from developing benign prostatic hyperplasia and testicular cancer.
Save money down the road
Having your pet spayed or neutered as recommended by your family veterinarian can reduce the chances of more expensive and dangerous surgeries as your pet ages. If finances are a concern, you can look here for other considerations.
Curb ‘unwelcome’ behaviors
Behaviors like scent-marking, aggression, excessive barking and roaming are less likely after a pet is spayed or neutered.
“This is a crisis that won’t solve itself,” said Karen Sheppard, Huntsville Animal Services Director. “We need every pet owner’s support and buy-in, as spaying and neutering is a crucial part of helping us continue our mission to promote animal welfare in Huntsville.”
Every pet at Huntsville Animal Services is spayed or neutered before it can be adopted. Need a low-cost or free spay/neuter option for your furry friend? Check out Fixin’ Alabama for details.
Visit Huntsville Animal Services online to learn how you can help and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.