By Diane Forrest
My grandmother loved to watch game shows on TV. Her favorite was the Price is Right with Bob Barker. Mr. Barker was/is a huge advocate for animal rights, and after every show he would say "Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. Bye-bye." Click here to hear him say it: http://www.hark.com/clips/jbssvdssll-spade-and-neutered.
My husband and my son both would adopt rescued animals from pet shelters and part of the fee included the cost of the procedures for the animal. To spay means to remove the ovaries, and to neuter means to remove the testicles to prevent any unwanted litters.
The following are some reasons why to spay/neuter your animal:
Spaying and Neutering helps dogs and cats live longer healthier lives
Spaying helps to reduce or eliminate uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incident of breast cancer
Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incident of prostrate disease
Spaying and Neutering makes pets more affectionate
Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark their territory
Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior and attract males.
Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than those who have been spayed or neutered.
Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood run away or get into fights.
Communities spend millions of dollars to prevent unwanted animals
Animal shelters are overwhelmed with unwanted animals. Millions of dogs and cats are killed every year due to overpopulation.
This month is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. I encourage you to have this done to your pet if you do not intend to any litters. If you don't have any pets, but would still like to help prevent unwanted animals, click on this site to donate for the spaying and neutering for other animals. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/spay_day/