Sunday, April 6, 2008

South Florida spay/neuter program

TCPalm reports that a coalition of ten local animal shelters is offering various spay/neuter programs. The program started last week but extends through Tuesday the 8th, according to the article. The program is aiming to spay or neuter 1,000 animals and cut down on the rampant pet overpopulation problem. The eight shelters that participated in a similar program last year, received almost 105,000 animals. The article also includes some interesting facts about spaying/neutering:
  • An un-neutered male dog can detect an un-spayed female dog in heat for up to 3 1/2 miles away. As a result, more than 80 percent of dogs hit by cars are un-neutered males. Neutering pets makes them less likely to roam.
  • Altering pets greatly reduces or eliminates the desire for them to spray or mark their territory with urine.
  • A dog or cat that is neutered is less likely to fight with other animals for a mate or territory.
  • •The chance of testicular and ovarian cancer is greatly reduced for those pets altered at an early age.
  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.

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