City of St. Louis Animal Care and Control strongly encourages pet owners to spay or neuter their companion animals. A spay is a surgery for a female pet that results in the female no longer being able to reproduce. Similarly, a neuter is a surgery for a male pet that results in the male no longer being able to reproduce.
Animal Care and Control works with several organizations that offer low-cost spay/neuter and other related services. To view the list of these organizations, click here.
Top 10 Reasons to Fix (Spay/Neuter) Your Dogs and Cats
- You will save thousands of lives. Failing to spay/neuter is the biggest cause of pet overpopulation, suffering and euthanasia. Over 65,000—the number of offspring one un-spayed/un-neutered dog (or cat) and his/her intact mate can produce in about six years if none of their offspring are spayed/neutered.
- There are not enough people to adopt all of the animals that are being created. Your unwanted litter will most likely end up in a shelter where it had a 50% chance to be euthanized.
- Your dog or cat will be better behaved, and less likely to roam, howl, spray and jump the fence.
- Your dog or cat will be healthier and happier. Fixed dogs and cats have a longer expected lifespan and will have less chance of developing certain cancers and other life threatening illnesses.
- You will save money. It is expensive to care for unwanted litters and the medical treatment associated (unfixed dogs and cats have more medical problems). Rabies tag/licensing fees are much lower in St. Louis City and County for fixed animals.
- Your pet will be less likely to attract unwanted strays to your home or property.
- You will eliminate female heat (menstrual) cycles and the inconvenience involved. Heat cycles can last up to four weeks.
- Spayed and neutered pets are more adaptable to your home and family.
- Spaying/neutering is a simple outpatient surgery with a quick recovery.
- There are low cost spay/neuter programs.
(Saint Louis PetLover Coalition, 2012)