Do you know 60,000 people that currently want a kitten? What about 11,167 people who would want a dog?
If your one single cat or dog isn’t spayed or neutered, that’s how many people would be needed to provide homes for your animal’s offspring.
Remember learning in school that 1 + 1 = 2? Well for dogs and cats one male dog plus one female dog can equal as many as 12 or 15 puppies. Take that number and multiply by two (because an unspayed dog can have two litters of pups each year) and that number increases to 24 or 30. And then in six months’ time, each of those pups can start having their own litters of puppies and the problem of overpopulation goes into overdrive.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can produce 11,167 puppies per year. One un-spayed female cat and her offspring can produce 60,000 or more kittens in their lifetime. That is the heart of the challenge for any animal control program.
1.5 million of the 6.5 million of the cats and dogs who enter shelters annually are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats) each year, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States compared to just over 10,000 human babies.
The best thing you could do for your pet AND our community is spay or neuter your pet. To that end, Be-Paws We Care is sponsoring SNIP - Spay/Neuter Initiative Pickens. SNIP is a low cost spaying and neuter certificate sale. For just $35 for any cat and $45 for any dog, you can get a certificate to have your pet spayed or neutered. Certificates may be purchased on Saturday, March 20th from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Pickens Room in the Pickens County Administration Building, 1266 E. Church Street.
And that’s not all. The certificates, redeemable at Georgia Animal Project in Ball Ground, includes a rabies vaccination, post operative pain medicine for your pets and a nail trim. Low income, military and senior citizen pricing will also be available.
But spaying and neutering isn’t just about huge numbers. It’s always about just one - your own personal pet. Spaying your female pet will help her live longer. Spaying your kitten when she is 3-6 months old will virtually eliminate the risk that she will develop mammary cancer. Neutered dogs don’t develop testicular cancer, which is common in older dogs who haven’t been neutered. They also have a lower risk of pancreatic cancer, and their life expectancy is increased up to 18%.
Neutered pets are better behaved. Neutered dogs and cats are less likely to behave aggressively and less likely to engage in territory-marking behavior such as spraying urine in your house (unfortunately our editor’s neutered cat didn’t get that memo). And spaying or neutering doesn’t affect a dog’s instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than hormones.
Neutered pets are happier at home, don’t go into heat and won’t gain weight from being spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering benefits your pet medically and behaviorally. It’s truly a lifesaver.
So for anyone who doesn’t have their pet spayed or neutered yet, come to Be-Paws We Care’s Certificate Sale Saturday, March 20th and take the first step to protecting your pet and our community from contributing to the world’s pet overpopulation problem.