Spay/Neuter Spread the word! Spaying and neutering your pet helps curb pet overpopulation and can provide major health benefits to your pet.
- Pets that are spayed or neutered have up to an 85% lower risk of certain types of cancers and other serious health complications.
- Altered animals are significantly less likely to mark or spray urine.
- Animals that have been spayed or neutered are less likely to bite, roam or get into fights.
- In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted; the rest are euthanized.
- Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
- Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
Animal Cruelty One way we can make a difference is to encourage people to be kind to animals as well as people.
- Urge local legislators to pass better animal anti-cruelty laws.
- Plant the seeds of compassion. Praise kids for showing kindness to animals.
- Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods. If you suspect animal cruelty contact your local Animal Control. For Livingston County’s information click on this link www.livgov.com/animalcontrol
- Familiarize yourself with companies that offer products that are not tested on animals.
- Help end puppy mills – avoid pet stores, newspaper ads, and great deals online for puppies. (see our page on puppy mills for more detailed information)
- If you suspect dogfighting in your own neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. The Humane Society of the United States offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dogfighting.