Spay & Neuter

It's Good for the Community

You can save the lives of millions of animals
One cat or dog and their offspring can be responsible for the birth of 30-50 kittens or puppies in one year. Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, but some people lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Rarely surviving for more than a few years on their own, strays die painfully by starvation, disease, freezing, or being hit by cars. Pets Alive has already reduced the euthanization rate is south central Indiana by 60% since opening in 2005. Help us continue our efforts by donating or getting involved!

It's Good for the Pet

Spayed and neutered animals can live longer, healthier lives
Spaying a female (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutering a male (removing the testicles) are veterinary procedures with the same general anesthesia used in human medicine. Both surgeries usually require minimal hospitalization. Neutering a male cat or dog as early as 4 months of age prevents testicular cancer, prostate disease, and hernias. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (infected uterus) and breast cancer; having this done before the first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics, and spaying. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50% of female dogs and 90% percent of female cats. The more times a female goes into heat, the higher her chances are of breast cancer. Ideally, cats and dogs should be spayed before entering their first heat cycle.

It's Good for the Home

Spayed and neutered animals are better behaved
Neutered male cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. Un-neutered males roam in search of a mate, risking injury in traffic and in fights with other males. They mark territory by spraying strong-smelling urine on surfaces. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting furniture and human legs. A neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as an un-neutered dog, and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

While female cycles vary greatly, most cats exhibit several unpleasant signs when in heat. For 4-5 days every three weeks, they yowl and urinate frequently, sometimes all over the house, advertising for mates. They often attract un-neutered males who will spray urine around the female’s home. Female dogs also attract males from great distances and have a bloody discharge for about a week. Female dogs often show changes in their behavior due to a shift in hormone balance. She may also urinate more often than she normally does.