Please Spay and Neuter
Each year hundreds of cats, kittens and dogs are brought into Responsible Pet Care by the Animal Control Officer. These animals have been found wandering the streets and in the woods of Oxford Hills. Some live in situations where there are so many animals it is impossible for the owner to take care of them. There is no way to estimate how many more animals are outside on their own; or how many have died trying to find shelter and food.
There is only one way to reduce the number of unwanted animals; have your pets spayed and neutered.
In Support of Spay and Neuter
- Cats and dogs live longer, healthier lives when they have been spayed/neutered. Altering a dog will increase the lifespan an average of 1 to 3 years. Cats can live 3 to 5 years longer. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of cancers of the reproductive organs.
- Sterilized cats and dogs make better pets. Sterilization reduces the urge to roam and decreases the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites; and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.
- Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed/neutered.
- Communities spend tax dollars to control the unwanted pet population.