Spay & Neuter
Why Spay & Neuter
Millions of healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized each year in the U.S. because there simply are not enough homes for them all.
Nationwide, it is estimated up to 7 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. Of those, 4 million must be destroyed because there aren’t enough resources. Spay and neuter is a proven way to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
If a pet remains intact, the risk of unintended litters can happen. In fact, many accidental litters occur because owners thought their pet was too young to reproduce. Many of these animals end up at shelters where they are ultimately destroyed. Altering a pet will save the owner the expense and trouble of dealing with females in heat and with a litter of unwanted puppies or kittens. Most of all, spaying and neutering prevent the destruction of unwanted animals.
- Female cats and dogs as young as 5 months can become pregnant.
- A female’s first heat cycle can occur around 5 – 6 months.
- Males reach reproductive maturity around this same time.
Spaying and neutering will increase their chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering dogs will increase their life an average of 1 to 3 years; cats, 3 to 5 years.
Altering male pets decreases aggressive behavior and their desire to escape from its home in search of a mate. Sterilization also reduces or eliminates undesirable behavior such as spraying, marking and mounting.
The Montana Spay Neuter Task Force also provides free or low-cost spay/neuter clinics in the Billings. Contact them directly in order to be placed on their reservation list.