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The Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

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We love our pets, and we want them to be healthy and happy for years to come. The best thing you can do to ensure their best health is to have your pets spayed or neutered. Not only does spaying and neutering reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized each year, it can also protect them from serious health problems later in life as well as save on costly medical care.

At North Shore Animal League America we're working to make it possible for everyone to have access to affordable spay/neuter services to keep their beloved lifelong companions in tip-top shape, as well as reduce pet overpopulation. Our SpayUSA Program is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services.

SpayUSA has over 1,000 sterilization programs and clinics nationwide with over 7,000 veterinarians in the network. In 2015, we helped 25,766 clients with inquiries about 56,685 animals to be spayed and neutered. We also offer affordable spay/neuter services through mobile clinics, voucher programs and private veterinary offices.

Why Should You Spay/Neuter Your Pet?

Cats and dogs have the unique ability to reproduce several times a year. They can go into heat as early as 5 months of age - sometimes earlier, and they can have litters several times a year. That is why there is an endless cycle of homeless animals. Reducing this overpopulation will reduce euthanasia rates and move us closer to a no-kill world.

Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometra, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.

While it is a myth that spaying/neutering your pet will diminish their natural instincts, it will make them a better pet. It has been shown that altered pets have a reduced urge to roam and thus decreases the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live an average of two years less neutered cats.

How Can You Help?

Spay and Neuter Your Pet Today!
You can find a low-cost spay/neuter program in your area by visting

Spread the Word!
Download and distribute SPAY/USA literature. SPAY/USA offers a variety of useful flyers, free of charge, that may be downloaded and distributed to others in an effort to educate the public along with a listing of frequently asked.

Make a Donation
Donate to SpayUSA to help us continue our mission of ending pet overpopulation and the senseless suffering of unwanted cats and dogs.