There are many reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet, beyond just preventing them from having puppies or kittens! 


Spaying a female dog or cat greatly reduces the risk they will develop certain types of cancers, such as cervical cancer or ovarian cancer.  Spaying also stops your  dog or cat from going into heat.  In dogs, this means they won't bleed every cycle if they don't get pregnant (much like a human woman). In cats, this means they will stop yowling and urinating in inappropriate places. Female cats can go into heat as often as every three weeks for as long as four to five days.  During that time they not only CAN get pregnant, but they also TRY to get pregnant! A female cat can have up to FIVE litters of kittens per year!

Neutering a male dog or cat also has many health benefits and even behavior benefits! Neutered male dogs are less aggressive, more focused on the family (rather than protecting their territory, which often leads to aggression) and are less likely to urinate (mark their territory) in inappropriate places.  Neutering a male dog or cat also reduces the risk of the pet developing testicular cancer.

The bottom line is the cost of spaying and neutering is far far less than treating cancer or raising a litter of puppies or kittens.  And, the less unexpected/unwanted litters, the less animals get surrendered or abandoned here in Tulare County. Please do your part to be a responsible pet owner and to reduce pet overpopulation by contacting one of the below organizations to spay or neuter your pet.