The Benefits of Spay/Neuter


These puppies were unwanted, filthy, and covered in fleas

Spaying your female or neutering your male pet may be one of the most responsible things you can do as a pet owner.

Nearly every day the SHS is visited by pet owners who have come to the shelter with baskets and boxes and armfuls of puppies or kittens they cannot care for.  These defenseless animals face incredible competition for a limited number of available homes. 

While we will always be here for animals in need,  we know there is a better way!  Rather than visiting the SHS Receiving department with a carload of puppies or kittens,please contact Animal Allies and have your pet spayed or neutered.

If preventing unwanted litters is not strong enough motivation, there are many other benefits to consider.  Having your pets spayed or neutered is a healthy and smart decision!

Spaying your female pet before her first heat will reduce or eliminate:

  • Mammary (breast) tumors
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine infections or cancer
  • Messy heat cycles that attract males from as far as a mile away to your house
  • Risks associated with pregnancy or giving birth

Neutering your male pet before five months old will reduce or eliminate:

  • Spraying and marking what they think is their territory (it is often yours or your neighbors)
  • The desire to roam in search of females in heat, making them less likely to escape and be injured in fights or by cars
  • The risk of testicular cancer
  • The risk of prostate disease
  • Aggressive behavior including serious bites

Life Saving and Money Saving:

  • Just diagnosing one of the health problems listed above will cost hundreds of dollars, not including treatment
  • An animal control citation for roaming could cost you hundreds and a trip to court
  • If your pet survives a fight with a car, emergency treatment could cost thousands of dollars
  • Problems giving birth are very expensive and usually result in spaying the female anyway
  • It is impossible to put a price on the emotional and financial costs of serious dog bites