In addition to the many benefits spaying and neutering brings to the pet owner, there are also a number of benefits it brings to the community.
A Safer, Cleaner Community
• Because homeless companion animals remain unvaccinated, from a public health point of view, they could be regarded as a health hazard, serving as a bridge between rabid wild animals and the human population.
• Homeless animals spread disease to other homeless and wild animals.
• Homeless animals are forced to defecate in public areas or on private lawns.
• Homeless animals are forced to find food in trash containers or may destroy property in search of food.
• Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
Lower Costs to Your Community
• Every year, communities are forced to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to control and eliminate unwanted animals. On average, it costs $100 to catch, feed, house and destroy a homeless animal—a cost that ultimately comes out of all our pockets. In the year 2000 alone, taxpayers spent $2 billion to take care of the tragedy.
Lower Costs to You
• Fewer health problems, fewer injuries from fighting and fewer accidents from roaming mean fewer vet bills.
• It is usually less expensive to license your pet—discounts are normally given for spayed and neutered pets.
• A pet in heat will bleed, and consequently spot your carpet and furniture. Not only can this cause expensive staining, the stains must also be neutralized in order to remove the odor.
Lessens the Burden on Animal Shelters
Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals. Every day caring shelter workers must euthanize puppies, kittens, dogs and cats. It's an agonizing job to euthanize animals because of irresponsible breeding. The emotional toll on shelter workers is tremendous.
These are only a few of the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. There are also numerous health benefits and behavioral benefits.