Help Reduce Pet Homelessness By Spaying/Neutering Local Pets
By spaying or neutering your dog or cat, you can prevent unwanted litters from becoming homeless or at risk for euthanasia. Spring and summer are when birth rates typically soar. It is best to spay kittens at FOUR MONTHS old (and yes, they can get pregnant that young), and puppies by the time they are six months old.
More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the U.S. You read right! 70,000 a DAY. Be part of the solution and avoid unwanted pregnancies altogether. The more births, the more animals become homeless and the more overcrowded our animal shelters become. One cat can have three litters a year, each litter averaging 4-6 babies. That’s 12-18 kittens a year from one female. Multiply that by thousands of cats giving birth. Our calculator won’t even go that high! Dogs can have two litters a year, with 6-10 babies. That equals 12-20 puppies a year, multiplied by thousands of dogs.
Did you know there are also health benefits and many other good reasons to spaying/neutering? Female dogs and cats who are spayed live longer healthier lives, and it helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. In male cats and dogs, neutering helps prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems, and reduces the risk for perianal tumors.
The solution is clear. Spay or neuter your pet. Preventing Pregnancy = Many Less Homeless Cats/Dogs. Our Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County urges you to contact your vet or local low cost spay/neuter clinic, but if you are a Sumter County resident and cannot afford it at all, call our shelter to see if you qualify for our “Big Fix” FREE Spay/Neuter Voucher program for your dogs or cats.
If you wish to help fund our “Big Fix” voucher program, please send your donation to: Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc., PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538. Thanks to donations in 2017, we were able to have almost 900 dogs and cats spayed or neutered for FREE