It’s a “SNAP” to have your pets spayed/neutered using
Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born. Only one in 10 of these animals will find a permanent home. It’s simple math – there just aren’t enough homes for all of these animals.
Every year over 6 million animals are euthanized in shelters for lack of available homes. If the number were “only” 7 million, that would mean 135,000 PER WEEK, or 20,000 pets euthanized EVERY 24 HOURS. 365 DAYS A YEAR!
An animal is euthanized in the U.S. every 2 seconds.
On average, 64% of all animals taken into shelters nationwide have to be euthanized because of overcrowding .
Purebreds account for 30% off all the animals in shelters.
“Papers” don’t mean an animal should be bred.
There were over 42,000 dogs put to sleep in Pennsylvania in the year 2005 because shelters could not find them homes. And, unfortunately, this, in most cases, is a small amount. In many cities, there are close to 50,000 pets each year that have no homes and no one to take care of them.
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. – and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. This means there are 7 puppies and kittens born for every human baby — EVERY DAY! As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.
Every year over 20 million animals end up in a shelter. Over 15 million of them are killed (euthanized is the nice term). Of those animals 61% of the dogs and 75% of the cats are killed. Very few of these are claimed and there are many more that die from disease, starvation, animal attacks and cars! If you give somebody an unexpected pet as a gift, that little life may end up being one of these very sad statistics, a healthy, loving pet that was killed. Anyone who sees these facts must agree that not neutering an animal is contributing to mass cruelty and irresponsibility!
TOP TEN REASONS TO SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PETS
1. YOUR FEMALE DOG OR CAT WILL LIVE A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE.
Spaying – the removal of the ovaries and uterus – is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. THERE ARE MAJOR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR YOUR MALE ANIMAL COMPANION.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat – the surgical removal of the testicles – prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3. YOUR SPAYED FEMALE WON’T GO INTO HEAT.
While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently – sometimes all over the house. Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.
4. YOUR MALE DOG WON’T NEED TO ROAM AWAY FROM HOME.
An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5. …AND HE WILL BE MUCH BETTER BEHAVED TO BOOT.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. And FYI, a neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog – and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6. SPAYING OR NEUTERING WILL NOT MAKE YOUR PET FAT.
It’s no use to use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds – not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
7. SPAYING/NEUTERING IS HIGHLY COST EFFECTIVE.
The cost of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box, or the cost oh…well, you get the idea!
8. IT’S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY.
Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, damage the local fauna and scare children.
9. YOUR PET DOESN’T NEED TO HAVE A LITTER FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO WITNESS THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH.
We’ve heard this one a lot. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner.
10. IT PACKS A POWERFUL PUNCH IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PET OVERPOPULATION.
Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Spaying is a general term used to describe the ovariohysterectomy of a female animal. Neutering is a general term used to describe the castration of a male animal. However, neutering is used in reference to both genders. The surgical procedure, performed by a veterinarian, renders the animal incapable of reproducing. Both procedures can be performed as early as six weeks of age. Most shelters and rescue groups, such as Pet Search are strong supporters of “early” neutering since this guarantees that the animals will not be able to breed and populate within a community.
How does the SNAP program work?
1. Print and fill out application. If you have more than one pet being altered, it is not necessary to print out additional forms. On a separate sheet, please include only the pet’s information (age, sex, color, breed, name) and attach it to the application
2. Include a self-addressed stamp envelope and a check made payable to “Pet Search” for the desired surgery/surgeries. If you are ordering more than three vouchers, please include additional postage.
3. Once you receive your voucher, schedule you pet’s appointment with one of the participating veterinarians listed on your information sheet. These veterinarians are Braden Run (Waynesburg), Brush Run (McMurray), Chartiers Animal Hospital (Heidelberg), and Washington Animal Hospital (Washington).
Cat Spay (Female): $45.00
Pregnant or in heat – add $20.00
Dog Neuter (Male): $55.00
Over 50 lbs – $75.00
Cat Neuter (Male): $35.00
The above pricing does not include inoculations.
Prices effective 4/1/09.
Rabies vaccination is mandatory for surgical procedures.
Click here for an SNP Application
Here is a math challenge for you…
One female dog has a litter of 4 puppies. She has the same number of pups twice a year for 6 years. If every puppy born from every litter during those six years has four puppies, how many puppies will have been produced during that 6 year period?
If allowed to breed, one female dog can cause the production of 67,000 puppies within 6 years! One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years!
Rescue Organizations and shelters do their best to place animals in loving homes, but the number of homeless animals far exceeds the number of available homes. This leaves many loving and healthy animals in our community that must be euthanized as the only humane solution to this tragic dilemma.
10,000 children and 70,000 cats and dogs a day are born in the U.S. Each year millions of unwanted pets are born and most are treated like disposable commodities. Only one in 10 of these animals will find a permanent home. Spaying and neutering is a safe, simple way to prevent this alarming rate of pet overpopulation.
Pet Search is offering the opportunity for any pet guardian in Washington, Greene and Allegheny Counties as well as Ohio and West Virginia an opportunity to demonstrate responsible pet guardianship though the spaying and neutering of owned, stray and feral animals. There is no restriction to the number of pets that are altered with this program.
You personally can make a difference by spaying or neutering YOUR pet.
It is the single most important thing you can do to prevent animal cruelty!