How Spaying One Animal Can Save Thousands
We recently received good news from a local organisation in Greece, Animal Rescue Kos. It reported that it’s been able to spay and neuter many cats and dogs, thanks to financial support from PETA.
Not only does sterilising cats and dogs help prevent future generations of homeless animals from suffering on the streets, it also plays a part in addressing the companion animal overpopulation crisis. Whilst breeders continue to breed and sell cats and dogs, thousands of animals are left unwanted in shelters because of the lack of suitable homes.
Left to fend for themselves on the streets, cats and dogs often suffer and die after being hit by cars, being attacked by other animals, succumbing to extreme temperatures, starving, contracting contagious diseases, and facing other dangers. Many stray animals are poisoned, shot, mutilated, tortured, set on fire, or killed in other cruel ways.
The simplest, most important, and most effective way to spare cats and dogs all this suffering is to prevent more unwanted animals from being born by making sure that animals are spayed or neutered.
Sterilising one animal prevents potentially hundreds of thousands more from being born only to suffer and die on the streets, be abused by cruel or neglectful people, or be euthanised for lack of loving homes. Without spaying, one female dog and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies in just six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce a staggering 370,000 kittens.
Spaying and neutering are routine, affordable surgeries that improve animals’ health. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
How You Can Help
- Please take responsibility for your companion animals by getting them spayed or neutered.
- If you’re looking for a new furry friend to share your life with, please adopt from a shelter and never buy from a breeder.