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Why is Spaying / Neutering So Important?

Did You Know?


One Female Cat

and her offspring can theoretically produce over 420,000 kittens in seven years!

One Female Dog

and her offspring can theoretically produce over 96,000 puppies in seven years!

This chart is based on estimations of how many cats/dogs can be born in a litter per year.

Spay or Neuter

Spaying and neutering is the single most effective way to keep unwanted animals from entering a shelter, decreasing the chances of an animal being euthanized.

  • It decreases amount of animals being born into the community.
  • It decreases the chances of more being surrendered to a shelter simply because someone has too many.
  • Reduces the amount of money the shelter has to spend on each animal and can focus more on emergency cases.

Other Benefits of Spaying/Neuter

  • Increases the chance your female will have a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Spaying before the first heat cycle provides the best protection from these diseases.
  • Spaying or neutering is definitely more cost effective. The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is less than having to provide care for an unwanted litter or turning that litter over to a shelter that is forced to take responsibility for the litter.
  • Neutering helps provide better health benefits and will encourage better behavior. An intact male will do whatever they can to get to an unaltered female. Roaming trying to find a mate increases the likelihood of injury to the animal or to people. The animal could dart out in front of a car or the dog could attack an animal or person. Neutering helps prevent testicular cancer if performed before the age of 6 months. Aggression problems can be minimized by early neutered, as well as limiting the marking of territories, leaving behind strong smelling scents all over the house.

How You Can Help Us &
How We Can Help You

While TMAS does not have a spay/neuter clinic onsite, we send out over 2,000 animals per year to get spay/neutered. We also help another 150 people in our community per year get their pet that didn't come from the shelter spayed/neutered.

On average, it costs the shelter $50 to $150 for cat spay/neuter surgeries and $100-$250 for dog spay/neuter surgeries.

It costs the shelter $500 on average per animal to provide care for each animal coming into the shelter.

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