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  1. Between 3 and 4 million adoptable animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year simply because they do not have homes. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
  2. Spaying and neutering dramatically reduces the number of stray animals on the streets and in shelters. You can find homes for shelter animals by acting as a public publicist. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  3. “Spay” means removing a female animal’s ovaries and uterus so that she cannot reproduce. "Neuter" refers to removing a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot reproduce. (“Neuter” can refer to either sex but is typically used for males).
  4. Pets should be spayed or neutered at young ages, before 6 months for a male and before a female’s first heat.
  5. In the early 1900s, veterinarians advocated spaying female dogs between 3 and 6 months of age, or even prior to weaning, and castration was done as early as 4 weeks of age.

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  1. Spaying and neutering can reduce the incidence of some of the most common types of cancers, making it likelier for animals to live a longer and healthier life.
  2. Spay/neuter surgeries can only be performed by licensed veterinarians.
  3. The cost of spaying and neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for one year.
  4. 78% of pet dogs and 88% of pet cats are spayed or neutered.
  5. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Rather, lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds.
  6. Many unneutered pets have aggression problems and often mark their territory with strong-scented urine, which can make the household unbearable. Early neutering can nix aggression.

Sources

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    "Top Five Reasons to Adopt : The Humane Society of the United States." Humane Society. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/adopt/tips/top_reasons_adopt.html (accessed July 27, 2014).

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    "Outdoor Cats: Frequently Asked Questions : The Humane Society of the United States." Humane Society. http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/feral_cats/qa/feral_cat_FAQs.html (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "Shelter Health." Spay/Neuter Glossary of Terms. http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/shelter-health-animal-care/spayneuter-glossary-terms (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "The Pet Owners FAQ." SpayUSA.org. http://www.spayusa.org/pet-owners-faq.php (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "Shelter Health." Pediatric Spay/Neuter. http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/shelter-health-animal-care/pediatric-spayneuter (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet." ASPCA. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/top-10-reasons-spay-or-neuter-your-pet (accessed July 27, 2014).

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    "FAQs." Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic. http://www.alspay.org/fees-services/faqs/ (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "Pet Statistics." ASPCA. http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics (accessed July 27, 2014).

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    "Reasons People Don't Spay or Neuter Their Pets." PetMeds.org. http://www.petmeds.org/petmeds-spotlight/reasons-people-dont-spay-or-neuter-their-pets/#.U9f3S_ldVK0 (accessed July 29, 2014).

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    "Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet." ASPCA. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/top-10-reasons-spay-or-neuter-your-pet (accessed July 27, 2014).

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    "Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet." ASPCA. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/top-10-reasons-spay-or-neuter-your-pet (accessed July 27, 2014).

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