my animal will make her/him fat and lazy.
Too much food and not enough exercise will cause weight gain,
spaying/neutering will not!
8. A female
dog should have at least one litter for health reasons.
There is just no scientific evidence to back this claim. Instead,
the research shows that spaying your dog/cat greatly reduces the
risk of uterine and ovarian cancer and uterine infection, which
are common occurrences in unspayed females.
7. I couldn’t
look my animal in the eye if I had her/him spayed/neutered.
Your animal will be able to look you in the eyes for a lot longer
if she/he is spayed/neutered. Spayed/neutered animals on average
Maybe. But, the bigger concern has to be the hundreds of thousands
of animals being killed at shelters because there simply are not
enough homes for all of them. Think birth control v. killing unwanted
puppies and kittens.
5. My dog/cat
is so cute and unique; there should be more of her/him.
Animal shelters are full of cute and unique dogs and cats, most
with only a few days left to live. If you think you can help find
homes for animals, PLEASE, volunteer with your local shelter and
help find homes for those who are already here.
4. I want
the children to witness the miracle of birth.
There are many excellent videos on the subject that won’t
result in adding yet another litter to the existing population
of homeless dogs and cats in our community.
3. We will
find homes for all the puppies/kittens.
Do you really know where your animal’s offspring are? And
the offspring’s offspring are? The current companion animal
overpopulation crises demands that we halt the breeding of dogs
and cats until we can find homes for those who are already here.
2. My dog/cat
doesn’t run loose, so she/he doesn’t need to be fixed.
Murphy’s Law says otherwise— anything that can go
wrong will. Please don’t let your dog or cat be a possible
number in the companion animal overpopulation equation. Be certain.
1. Just one
litter won’t hurt.
An unaltered female dog, her mate, and all of their puppies and
their puppies puppies, if none are ever spayed or neutered, add
up to 16 dogs in 1 year; 128 in 2 years; 512 in 3 years; 2,048
in 4 years; 12,288 in 5 years; and 67,000 in 6 years (similar
numbers apply to cats.)
(information from SpayUSA.).