Animal Chronicles: Spay/Neuter Awareness Month An Important Step for Pet Welfare and Population Control | Life and the Arts

In 1970, before spaying and neutering became common, 15 million shelter animals were euthanized in an average year in the United States. Fast forward to 2019 (the last “normal” year before the pandemic) and that number drops to 1.4 million. Although still high, the decline is notable and is largely due to aggressive spay/neuter campaigns, including shelters that sterilize animals before adopting them to forever homes. Sadly, there are indications that these euthanasia statistics are once again on the rise across the country, emphasizing the urgent need for continued diligence in spaying or euthanizing more and more pets.

In addition to population control, numerous studies have shown that our beloved pets receive health benefits from spaying and neutering. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and reduces the risk of mammary tumors in women, while neutering can prevent testicular cancer and reduce the risk of prostate problems in men.

In our experience, many unaltered pets have succumbed to APF behaviors that strain the relationship between them and their owners. Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to engage in disruptive behaviors such as roaming, spraying and aggression, making them more pleasant companions.

In addition to the immediate health and behavioral benefits, spaying and neutering also has financial benefits. The costs associated with caring for an unplanned litter of puppies or kittens, including vaccinations, food and veterinary care, along with other veterinary costs such as emergency C-sections or post-delivery complications, can quickly run into the thousands. can grow

Our community spay/neuter clinic at APF specializes in these procedures, providing high-quality spay and neuter services at affordable prices.

“We perform thousands of surgeries every year at APF, allowing us to perform everything from tiny kittens to large breed dog spays,” said Jackie Kuksker, APF’s Veterinary Medical Director. Makes them highly adept at dealing with confinement.” “Our team takes great pride in providing quality care to each patient and their family. We spay/neuter to reduce animal overpopulation and keep individual pets both medically and behaviorally healthy. We also understand the importance of doing this at a cost that is within the financial means of our community members.”

There are no restrictions on who can schedule their pet for surgery at the clinic, although qualifying pet owners can take advantage of the New York State Animal Population Control Program to cover a large portion of the cost. included, which makes it affordable for everyone.

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Joe Lisella is the executive director of the Animal Protective Foundation. APF contributes articles to Animal Chronicles and welcomes animal-related questions and stories about people and animals in our community. come visit animalprotective.orgFollow us on social media @AnimalProtectiveFoundation or by email.

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