Cats start breeding at 5 to 9 months and females can produce 3 litters a year. Dogs start reproducing at 6 to 8 months and females can produce 2 litters a year. Compute the numbers over a 5 year period, with litters breeding and their litters breeding, and the numbers run into the thousands. The most humane method of reducing animal population, keeping it under control and reducing the euthanasia of thousands of unwanted animals, is spaying and neutering. Break the reproduction cycle and save lives ...... spay or neuter your pet by 4 months of age before they reach reproductive age.
Using a American Veterinary Medical Assn (AVMA) formula there are an estimated 84,000 owned companion animals in Sumner County. The truth is, no one knows exactly how many there are. What we do know is there is an excess, an 'overpopulation'. In 2009, our County Animal Control Division took in 4411 companion animals. All of these were basically 'unwanted, either picked up as strays or surrendered by their owners. Animal Control, strives to save as many of these animals as possible, working closely with various shelters and rescue groups and adopting directly out of their limited facility. Their 'live release rate' (adoptions, returning to owners, rescues) was 42% for 2009; the euthanasia rate was 58%. Fewer animals will increase the LLR and decrease euthanasia. Help save lives by spaying or neutering your pet.
ADVANTAGES OF SPAYING/NEUTERING YOUR PET:
The most humane and proactive approach to controlling the excess companion animal population is by having your pet spayed or neutered. Reducing the population will reduce the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals and help equalize the number of animals vs available homes. Benefits of spaying/neutering are:
- No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted.
- Less desire to roam which decreases the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam.
- Decreases the risk of cancer.
- Reduces or eliminates risk of 'spraying and marking'.
- Reduces the number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies.
- Helps dogs and cats live longer and healthier lives.
- Decreases 'aggressive' behavior
WHERE/HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR HAVING MY PET ALTERED?
There are several options in having your pet spayed or neutered.
Humane Society of Sumner County (HSSC): Offers discount coupons for several veterinarians in Sumner County, available on their web site (see Members page)
Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance (SSNA) LOW-COST S/N CLINIC: The SSNA operate a "low-cost" spay neuter clinic in Gallatin, 720 Blythe Ave. Fees are dogs M/F - $48/$58; Cats M/F - $33/$43. This price also INCLUDES a rabies vacination. Other low-cost vacinations and microchipping are available at time of surgery. By appointment only. Call 452-2233 for your appointment or more information. www.SumnerSpayNeuterAlliance.org
Fix For Life: A low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Lebanon. For more information - http://www.fixforlife.com/
The Spay Station: A no-cost mobile spay/neuter service for income limited/restricted pet owners. For more information - http://www.newleashonlife.org/content.aspx?id=6
Snip & Tip (Feral Cats): For more information - http://www.newleashonlife.org/content.aspx?id=23
Fix Foundation: A low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Franklin, KY - (270) 586-6600 for more information