MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal
shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs
and catsómixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct
to protect home and family. A dogís personality is formed more
by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: I donít want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a
FACT: Pets donít have any concept of sexual identity or ego.
Neutering will not change a petís basic personality. He doesn't
suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when
MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten)
just like her.
FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesnít mean
her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders
who follow generations of bloodlines canít guarantee they will
get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet ownerís
chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies
or kittens might receive all of a petís (and her mateís) worst
MYTH: Itís too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size,
and age of the pet, your veterinarianís fees, and a number of
other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter
surgery is a one-time costóa relatively small cost when compared
to all the benefits. Itís a bargain compared to the cost of having
a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two
months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is
weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs
if complications develop. Most importantly, itís a very small
price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of
the births of more unwanted pets.
MYTH: Iíll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your petís litter. But each
home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters
who need good homes. Also, in less than one yearís time, each
of your petís offspring may have his or her own litter, adding
even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation
is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.
Reprinted with permission from The Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS), Web site: www.hsus.org