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FEBRUARY IS SPAY/NEUTER AWARENESS MONTH!! 

Help reduce the pet and feral/stray cat overpopulation crisis in Arizona, shelter/rescue overcrowding, unnecessary euthanization of adoptable animals, and the death and suffering of those born and living on the streets.   PLEASE  spay/neuter your pets and any ferals and strays you might be feeding or living in your neighborhood.  There are many programs and assistance available.  See our RESOURCES and FERAL CAT pages for more information.

February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month - just in time to help keep Cupid’s arrow away from your pets! It is critical to prevent unwanted litters during the spring and summer months, as overproduction of puppies and kittens often takes place during this time, and animal shelters become overloaded.

Imagine, if just one unspayed female cat can have approximately 25 kittens in a single year, and those kittens can also have 25 kittens in a year, then that leaves shelters with an overwhelming number of cats to care for. Unfortunately, many unwanted litters are either abandoned by their owners or worse - which is why preventing overpopulation is critical in protecting cats’ and dogs’ lives.

In addition to saving countless lives, sterilizing your pet can also help them live a longer, healthier life! For example, spaying your pet before her first heat can help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. It can also help the risk of them trying to escape the house in search of a mate, as well as reducing urination and yowling, which is common in female cats during their heat. Males also see health benefits with neutering, as it can help prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems. Male dogs are also less aggressive after being neutered, which decreases the number of dog bites, fights, and injuries each year.

Therefore, spaying and neutering your pet and community cats is good for everyone. Your community will thank you since mating season can lead to unwanted animals coming into the neighborhood.  Pets who have escaped the home looking for a mate may also prey on wildlife, get hit by cars and are victims of cruelty and urbanized predators, among other things.

We know you only want what’s best for your pet, so be sure to keep them healthy and safe by spaying or neutering them.

Reprinted in part from https://www.24petwatch.com/newsletter Feb 2019