As a direct result of animals left unaltered, pet overpopulation is at crisis levels across Ontario. This crisis has resulted in staggering amounts of cats and dogs, far outnumbering the amount of available homes.
Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets, where they fall victim to neglect and abuse, or in Ontario SPCA shelters across the province in search of new homes. As a result, many of these healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year. This is an outcome no animal lover wants to see.
The Ontario SPCA encourages the public to spay and neuter their pets. This can directly help reduce pet overpopulation to a manageable level that can reduce or eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.
Spaying and neutering are considered routine medical procedures performed by trained veterinarians that prevent animals from reproducing. Spaying is the removal of a female animal’s ovaries and uterus; neutering is the removal of a male’s testicles. These procedures come with many health benefits, including a reduction in the risk of developing certain cancers, infections and illnesses, a reduction in physical stress, an improvement in behaviour, including less territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.
By spaying and neutering your pet, you can make a positive impact on the pet overpopulation crisis and help Ontario’s animals have the meaningful lives they deserve! To learn more about the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered, visit www.fixyourpet.ca.