When the hope of warmer weather approaches, shelters across the country prepare for the inevitable – overwhelming numbers of homeless animals, litters of puppies and kittens, finding their ways into shelters. It happens without any question, so animal shelters work harder and harder at the start of the year to promote the only viable solution to pet overpopulation – spay and neutering.
February is known as “Spay/Neuter Awareness Month” as it’s when shelters, vets and clinics make their final pleas with pet owners to have their pets spayed and neutered before they go into spring heat.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, 90% of dogs and 98% of cats that enter shelters are unaltered. An additional 80% of the kittens born in the US are born from unaltered community cats. There are simply too many unaltered animals giving birth to too many kittens and puppies that will be without homes.
Spaying and neutering helps prevent your local animal shelter from dealing with overpopulation, but it’s good for your pet and community. It reduces aggression, roaming behaviors, spraying and marking, lowers risks for cancers and can increase lifespan.
At Dorchester Paws, we’ve been lucky to have an anonymous donor matching all donations to our spay and neuter fund through the end of the month of February. When you donate to the spay and neuter fund, you’ll be able to see your contributions to our organization’s cause of ending unnecessary euthanasia double. To donate, please go donate here.