Why is it Important to Spay/Neuter my pet?

Each year in the United States, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are admitted to a shelter. Of those 6 to 8 million, approximately 4 million are euthanized simply because they were unable to find a home.

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To really see the big picture on how serious of a dilemma this is for our nation; each person would have to adopt 15 dogs and 45 cats, to ensure that every animal in America has a home. What is even more shocking, is that our world’s population in general is already significantly higher than ever before. Studies have shown that for every 20 minutes, 3,000 people are born in the United States each year and yet; the number of homeless dogs and cats still far outweigh even that! So, this is a very real issue.

I’ll give you a minute to digest that info.

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Each American = 15 dogs and 45 cats

Do you see how truly large of an issue this is? Many animal shelters, veterinarians, and animal experts try tirelessly to address it. Yet, the simplest way to help stop this growing issue, is to spay/neuter your pet.

Even as animal lovers, we would take in all 15 dogs and 45 cats, to help ensure each animal is loved and cared for. However the fact is,  that you have now put these animals in jeopardy by housing them in a hoarding situation. Although they may not face physical abuse, they certainly would face starvation, medical issues, and receive little to no attention, since it is simply unrealistic for one person to be able to care for that many animals at once.


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A Great Dane hoarder in New Hampshire. Dogs seized required up to $30,000 in medical care. Some were able to be saved and put up for adoption while others were not.

The owner of the Great Danes pictured above stood before her municipal judge in early 2018. She plead in her defense that she was only doing this to save the breed. She wanted to ensure that the majesty of the breed remain in history.


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Backyard Samoyed breeder in Iowa, Nov. 2018. All 170 dogs were seized by ASPCA

The American Kennel Club takes steps to ensure proper breeding without all of the neglect and feces. It has established guidelines for registered breeders to ensure that no inbreeding occurs, no over-breeding occurs, and that adequate care is provided to each dog involved.

So to recap: Each American = 15 dogs and 45 cats.

4 million animals are euthanized each year, regardless of their health or age, simply because they were unable to find homes.

The simplest way you can help is to spay/neuter your pet. If you want to go the extra mile, adopt from a shelter. If adopting from a shelter is not in your interest, (by the way there are purebreds in shelters, like those Great Danes and Samoyeds!) at the very least do not buy from anyone other than a registered breeder.


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