The Importance of Spaying and Neutering

Spaying (for female pets) and neutering (for male pets) are safe, standard surgeries that prevent animals from breeding. 

Puppies and kittens are clearly adorable, but unplanned litters result in millions of cats, dogs and rabbits being euthanized or living miserable lives as strays. You can help end the animal overpopulation tragedy with one small, but significant action – have your companion animals sterilized with a routine and affordable surgery.

Additionally, there are many health and behavioral benefits in spaying or neutering your pet:

  • Eliminate messy heat cycles and resulting male attraction
  • Reduce risk of spraying and marking
  • Decrease desire to roam (with resulting likelihood of being in fights or auto accidents)
  • Reduce risk of mammary tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, (females)
  • Eliminate risk of testicular cancer and decreases incidence of prostate disease(males)
  • Decrease aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Help dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Also, there are many benefits to people by spaying and neutering community pets:

  • Reduce tax dollars needed to rescue, shelter and care for stray, abandoned and unwanted pets
  • Reduce danger of transmittable diseases (including rabies), animal bites and attacks
  • Reduce property and livestock damage caused by roaming strays
  • Reduce the environmental hazard of animal waste

Finally, it’s the law! Santa Cruz County has a mandatory spay/neuter law. Dogs and cats over the age of six months that reside in Santa Cruz County must be spayed or neutered.