On the last Tuesday of February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the lifesaving power of spay/neuter and the need for affordable services, particularly in low income communities.
– An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of her puppies and their puppies’ puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to 512 in 3 years and 67 000 in 6 years.
– An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, with 3 surviving kittens per litter, can total 376 in 3 years and 66 088 in 6 years.
– If there are so many animals being born, how many are being euthanized?
At the Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Khayelitsha, we have found that there are many superstitions and incorrect beliefs about sterilizing a pet.
Ten reasons to sterilize your pet
1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer.
3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by neutering.
6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering.
7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can cause car accidents, damage the local fauna, transmit diseases to other pets and become victims of human abuse.
9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children.
10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays.
Sponsor Suzie and Sonja as they Cycle the Argus for Animals to raise funds for sterilizations. Sponsor them with a once off amount or an amount per kilometre (109km).
Suzie and Sonja will be cycling to raise funds for the animals at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic Khayelitsha. They are pet lovers who always do their utmost to help animals in need – from volunteering to feeding street dogs to cycling the Argus tour.
Sunday the 8th of March they will be ridging the full 109km race from Cape Town to False Bay and back. We are backing you all the way Suzie and Sonja – you can back them too by sponsoring them!
You can sponsor them on their Back a Buddy site or by making a donation to the below bank account.
Mdzananda Animal Clinic