Today, February 25, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society International (HSI), both sponsors of this annual day of awareness, estimate that 6-8 million homeless dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters each year. In the Phoenix valley alone, shelters receive approximately 90,000 animals annually. Unfortunately, only half of those animals find homes.
“Nearly 90,000 dogs and cats came into Maricopa County shelters last year, the second highest county intake after LA in the United States.”
According to the Arizona Humane Society, one pair of unspayed/unneutered dogs can create 67,000 dogs within 6 years and one pair of cats can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years. Spaying and neutering cats, dogs, and even other pets like rabbits and ferrets, is the key to stopping animal overpopulation. In addition, spaying helps prevent uterine infections as well as uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer. Neutering has the same health benefits for male animals, inhibiting testicular cancer, reducing aggression, and decreasing the likelihood of male spraying behaviors.
Take care of your pets health and well-being, and get them spayed/neutered. Visit www.AZPetVet.com to find the location nearest you, and call to schedule your appointment today. We have low-cost spay/neuter packages, and offer payment plans too!