Hello everyone, February 28th is WORLD SPAY DAY!!
We thought we’d celebrate by taking a few moments here at ECPR to provide some quick information on why spaying is so important to the health of your pet, and why it’s the responsible choice to make as a pet parent.
Overpopulation can be a sad and challenging issue. As much as we all love puppies and kittens, there are many animals that end up homeless, starving, and alone. That’s why we always encourage people to adopt don’t shop. Working at a rescue, on a daily basis I see the most wonderful pets come into our care and I often wish I could take home every single sweet soul I meet. If you truly love animals, the best thing you can do for them is to give a dog, cat, or critter in need a forever home, and spaying prevents contributing to the overpopulation by allowing your pet to breed.
Spaying also improves your pet’s health! A USA TODAY article cites that pets who are spayed live on average 23% longer than those who are not! Some of this statistic has to do with decreasing the pet’s urge to roam, and also it removes the potential future complications of problems with your pet’s reproductive system, such as ovarian cysts or uterine cancer.
Spaying can also assist in curbing your pet’s unwanted behaviors. As stated above, spayed pets will be less likely to have the desire to “roam” which decreases their risk of being hit by cars, or running into other unpredictable outdoor dangers. They will often be less aggressive as well. They will be less likely to engage in humping (“get off my leg!”)
“What about the cost?”
By spaying your pet, you are actually saving money in the long run by giving your pet a healthier, safer life and decreasing the potential of costly health problems down the line. If you are concerned about the up-front cost, below are some great resources in the Seattle area that provide affordable options!
Don’t forget – TO SPAY IS AYE-OKAY!
Seattle Humane also offers very affordable spay and neuter services according to your income bracket, they will work with you to make sure your pet gets the preventative care he / she needs!
Purrfect Pals will provide vouchers that can be used at spay and neuter clinics! If finances is a high concern, they can help!
For those of you a bit further out, Northwest Spay and Neuter Center hosts clinics in the surrounding areas in Tacoma, Kitsap County, and more!
HAPPY WORLD SPAY DAY!