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Why Spay and Neuter

Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. As animal lovers who value our pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.

Good for your pet

BEHAVIOR BENEFITSNeutering greatly reduces your pet's desire to escape, decreasing the chance of getting hit by a car or getting in a fight with another dog. Undesirable behaviors such as 'mounting' objects and the constant need to mark territory may diminish. Spaying your female cat will eliminate many nuisances associated with her heat cycle, such as her pitiful cries and the gathering of tom cats.

HEALTH BENEFITSA neutered male's chance of developing prostrate tumors, infections, and enlargement are greatly reduced if altered six months or younger. Spaying your female pet prior to her first heat reduces the likelihood of mammary tumors to 1%--versus 50% for unspayed females. Also, spaying nearly eliminates the chance of developing uterine cancers and infections, a common cause of death among unspayed females. Your pet's stress level, which increases susceptibility to disease, will also be significantly lowered by spaying or neutering.

FINANCIAL BENEFITSThe expense of providing proper veterinary care for a pregnant female and her litter, such as vet bills and food costs is many times higher than the cost of a spay/neuter operation.

Good for all pets

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF YUMAeuthanized nearly seven thousand cats and dogs over the last year simply because there were not enough good homes for all the pets that entered our shelter.

You might think that these are animals born in the streets or there is something "wrong" with them. But oen they are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone's dog or cat got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed.

One unspayed cat and her offspring can potentially reproduce 420,000 cats in 7 years. An unspayed dog and her offspring can potentially reproduce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.

Every day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in this country while only 10,000 people are born. When you spay or neuter your pet, you are doing your part to reduce the number of innocent victims of pet overpopulation.

Success Stories


My name is Sammy. My mom and dad rescued me from HSOY in July of 2010 when I was only 3 months old. My mom taught me how to nod my head yes for a cookie and play pattycake and my dad has taught me lots of tricks too. They tell me all the time that I am such a good boy and that makes me happy. I'm so glad they chose me. Thank you HSOY for taking care of me until my mom and dad could bring me home.

- Betty Davis-Connor