Fix ‘em While They’re Fluffy!

The Benefits of Early Age Spay/Neuter:
If you adopt a kitten or puppy from a shelter the likelihood is that they have already been spayed or neutered? Why, you ask? Because spaying and neutering pets is the most humane way reduce the number of animals entering our shelters, and thereby reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized every year.

How can shelters make sure that the cute little kittens and puppies that they are sending home with you won’t cause any "accidental litters"? The answer: early age sterilization.

Research has shown that it is safe to spay and neuter kittens and puppies at a much younger age than veterinarians once thought and there are many benefits for both animals and people. According to the Humane Society of the United States, "Sterilizing can be done as young as 8-weeks of age with no increased surgical or postoperative risks reported." The low body fat makes these surgeries easier to accomplish and puppies and kittens tolerate the procedures very well and recover more quickly than do older animals.

Spaying a female animal before she goes into her first heat prevents estrogen from stimulating mammary tissues, reducing the chance for mammary tumors (breast cancer) later in life. Testicular cancer in neutered male animals is virtually unheard of, and risk of prostate cancer is diminished.

Financial benefits also accompany early sterilization. The price of altering dogs increases according to their weight—a 15-pound puppy compared with a 65-pound yearling can be quite significant price-wise! Not to mention the financial responsibility of caring for a litter of kittens or puppies, or the additional fees incurred by spaying a female animal that is pregnant or in heat.

And best of all, fixing kittens & puppies guarantees that they won’t be contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. You can save lives by having your animal spayed or neutered early. If you adopt a puppy or kitten that hasn’t already been altered, go read the TOP TEN REASONS TO SPAY/NEUTER then download our coupon from our homepage (lower right corner) and get your pet into one of our reduced-priced program’s participating vet clinics right away. For more information about OSNF’s spay/neuter assistance and resources, visit the Spay/Neuter page.