While it may not seem like it, spring is officially here and with the temperatures warming up (eventually), this can mean the arrival of litters of puppies and kittens for animals who aren’t spayed or neutered.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) wants to remind the public that spaying or neutering your animal has more benefits than just an unplanned or unwanted litter of puppies or kittens.
Reducing the cost of pet ownership. With a number of low-cost options available throughout Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, the cost of caring for an unplanned litter far outweighs the cost of having a pet spayed/neutered.
Preventing aggressive behaviors. The National Canine Research Foundation states that approximately 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs – 94 percent of which were not neutered. Neutering male dogs reduces their urge to roam and fight with other males.
Diminishing nuisance behaviors. Neutering reduces or resolves the majority of marking behaviors. Howling in cats and excessive barking in dogs eases and can even disappear after surgery.
Extend lifespan. According to USA Today, neutered male dogs live 18 percent longer than unneutered males, and spayed females live 23 percent longer than unsprayed females.
Improving health for your pet. Neutering male cats and dogs before six months of age prevents testicular cancer. Spaying female cats and dogs before their first heat offers protection from uterine infections as well as breast cancer.
If you already have an unplanned or unwanted litter of puppies or kittens, ARL’s Healthy Moms, Happy Litters Program is an excellent option and is available at ARL’s Dedham, Boston, and Brewster Animal Care and Adoption Centers.
The program offers FREE high-quality spay/neuter services and vaccinations for mother/father cats or dogs. Once surgery is completed, the parent animals are returned to the owner.
Surrender fees for the litter are also waived and once spayed/neutered and vaccinated, the kittens or puppies are placed up for adoption.
“When families are contemplating what to do with an unplanned litter, we hope this option offers a helping hand,” said Dr. Kyle Quigley, ARL’s Medical Director of Community and Shelter Medicine. “We aim to get all of the animals spayed and neutered and the offspring into loving homes without costing the owners any financial hardship.”
Contact ARL’s Brewster intake office at 508-255-1030 for eligibility requirements and more information.