• By Beth Oleson, Marketing Director

Spay and neuter saves lives

There are a lot of pets in the world. A whole lot. Too many, even. As a pet-lover, it’s hard to think about there being too many sweet, furry friends out there, but as a pet-lover who works in rescue, I can tell you that it is absolutely a fact. Pet overpopulation is a very real problem; every year in the U.S., five to seven million pets enter humane societies and rescues looking for homes, not by any fault of their own, but because there are simply more pets out there than there are homes. Put it this way: for every one person born in this country, 15 puppies and 45 kittens are born. If every pet had a person to look after it, every person would have 60 pets. We can’t create more homes for them, and we can’t expect every person to take home their allotted 60. The sad reality in many places is that euthanasia rates remain high because pets are allowed to reproduce at will and continue to increase their population beyond what the pet-loving public can support. February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. With spring on the horizon, bringing an influx of puppies and kittens with it, we want to take this chance to remind you that spay and neuter surgeries are our one weapon to fight back against pet overpopulation and homelessness. Cats can begin reproducing as young as four months old; dogs as young as six months. Every pet that gets fixed represents hundreds of thousands of puppies or kittens that won’t ever be abandoned or abused, won’t ever become homeless, and won’t ever face euthanasia because nobody came to take them home. And yes, it’s important to neuter your male pets, too. It takes two to tango, and while he may not bring those babies home, he’s helping make them somewhere else. Male pets will travel miles to find a female in heat, so don’t think that your boy won’t ever have an opportunity for romance; where there’s a will, there’s a way. Aside from being a key part of responsible pet ownership and working for the greater good, spay and neuter surgeries are great for your pets. They’re minimally invasive and low-risk, and they dramatically reduce the risk of cancer later in life. Plus, a fixed pet is less likely to escape and roam, so they’re less likely to be injured or killed by cars, wildlife or other people. And, if that’s not enough incentive, fixed pets are much less aggressive, both towards people and towards other animals. Your pet’s behavior, health, and life-expectancy can all be improved with one simple surgery. Worried about cost? The Woodford Humane Society and many other organizations run low-cost spay and neuter programs to help out folks who can’t afford the surgeries. Just call your local animal organization, and we’ll do whatever we can to help you spay and neuter us out of a job! Call us at 859-873-5491 or email manager@woodfordhumane.org for more information.

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