Each year, millions of dogs and cats, including litters of puppies and kittens, are euthanized because of overpopulation. Spaying and neutering can make a difference and help save lives by reducing the number of unwanted pets. It can also protect pets from developing certain health problems, and may reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates heat cycles and generally reduces the undesirable behaviors that may lead to owner frustration and pet abandonment. Neutering male dogs and cats reduces the breeding instinct, making them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home.

Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from health issues later in life such as uterine and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer. Your pet can be spayed or neutered as young as eight weeks old.


  • Death from euthanasia is primarily due to pet overpopulation.
  • An unspayed dog and puppies can produce 67,000 dogs in six years.
  • One female cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 new cats in seven years.
  • A female dog that has gone into heat twice has a 1-in-4 risk of developing uterine cancer.


  • Reduces marking, spraying, and aggressive behaviors
  • Decreases roaming and the risk of getting hit by cars
  • Saves money by reducing the need for animal control


Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue spays and neuters all dogs and cats that come into our adoption program.

There are many local, low cost spay and neuter resources available that may be able to help subsidize the cost of this life-saving procedure:

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