Apply for Assistance to Spay or Neuter your Pet
A staggering 3 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States because they don’t have homes. In the United States, some 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats enter the shelter system each year. Only one in ten animals that enter the shelter system have been spayed or neutered. While we don’t know how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States, some estimate the number to be in the hundreds of millions, with the numbers for cats alone ranging up to 70 million. Consider this, a fertile cat can produce one to two litters a year of four to six kittens per litter. A fertile dog averages one litter of four to six puppies each year
One unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only 6 years, and a single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
An estimated 85 percent of dogs hit by cars have not been sterilized. Sterilization reduces a pet’s urge to roam, decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or being injured in a fight or by a car. Sterilization also reduces the risks of some reproductive cancers in pets. It’s believed sterilization can increase a dog’s life by one to three years and a cat’s life by three to five years.
Clearly, the answer to pet overpopulation is to spay and neuter our pets. As part of our mission, we established a low-cost spay and neuter program offered to the citizens of Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto county. Our program has accomplished a 22% increase in the number of animals spayed and neutered in our area.
Assistance forms available at Downtown Video and Mineral Wells Animal Shelter. Call Nancy at 214-906-4563 for more information.