Why Spay/Neuter?

You Can Make a Difference

The most effective way to end the senseless killing of innocent animals is to ensure everyone has access to free or low-cost spay/neuter services.

1. Good For Your Pet


After surgery your sweet girl may have a longer and healthier life. Spaying your female may prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. These tumors are typically cancerous in about 50% of Dogs and 90% of cats. It’s important to get her spayed before her first heat!


You help your guy avoid testicular cancer and prostate problems when you have him neutered. He will be more likely to stay close to home and less likely to mark his territory by spraying urine all over your house. You may also avoid some aggression issues if you neuter him early.

2. Prevent Unnecessary Death

By spaying or neutering your pet, you prevent countless future generations of unwanted dogs and cats from entering a world that has no room for them.

Every day on average in this country more than 4,000* healthy animals are euthanized.

There simply aren’t enough loving homes to adopt all these animals. Animal lovers who work in shelters must choose which animals will be euthanized and which have another day to live. Often highly adoptable animals are killed simply because their “time is up.”

They are euthanized simply to make room for another animal. Those that don’t make it to shelters rarely survive for more than a few years on their own, dying from starvation, disease, climate and accidents.

* Despite this disturbingly high number, be aware that a mere 20 years ago, 50,000 animals were euthanized in this country on a daily basis. The 80% reduction is largely due to increased low-cost spay and neuter programs across the country. Pet owners like you are making a difference.

3. Good For Your Community

One female cat and her offspring can produce over 420,000 kittens in seven years
One female dog and her offspring can produce over 96,000 puppies in seven years

Typically, a single city will end up spending millions of dollars a year to manage and take care of unwanted animals.

For those of us who are animal lovers, spay/neuter programs like those offered by ARC ease the EMOTIONAL COST that comes with the knowledge that thousands of animals are killed each day due to overcrowding.

And those who aren’t drawn to animals should understand that spay/neuter programs are a way to ease the ECONOMIC COST of animal control services in their communities.

Subsidized programs like ours ensure that everyone has access to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries that are proven to reduce the homeless pet populations in communities where they are offered.

Spay/neuter prevents animal homelessness

Anytime you spay or neuter a pet you help solve a catastrophic problem that goes beyond your doorstep.

Myths vs. Facts

  • “My pet will get fat and lazy.”

    The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise. It is not caused by a spay/neuter surgery.
  • “It’s better to have one litter first.”

    Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, it shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier and neutered males have a lower incidence of some cancers.
  • “I want my dog to be protective.”

    Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family.
  • “I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.”

    Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. Your pet won’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. Neutering will decrease sexually orientated behavior (aggressiveness, fighting, roaming and urinary marking) which is undesirable.

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