(February, 15, 2024)
February is a month of love, and what better way to show love to your pets than by prioritizing their health and well-being? At the Houston SPCA, we recognize February as Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, which emphasizes the importance of responsible pet ownership.
One of the most important reasons to spay or neuter your pet is to prevent overpopulation. Every year, numerous animals end up on the streets or in shelters. Overcrowding in shelters can lead to an outbreak of diseases and put the health of more animals at risk.
It’s important to get your pets spayed or neutered, as it can lower their risk of developing certain cancers and improve their overall health. For instance, female dogs who are spayed don’t have to worry about uterine infections or tumors. Similarly, neutered male pets are less likely to exhibit behavior problems like aggression and roaming. If you want to learn more, click here.
While the initial cost of spaying or neutering may seem like an investment, it pales in comparison to the potential expenses associated with caring for a pregnant pet or treating health issues that arise from not having the procedure done. Responsible pet ownership includes considering the long-term financial impact on your wallet and your pet’s health.
As we celebrate Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, let’s commit to promoting responsible pet ownership. By spaying and neutering our pets, we contribute to controlling overpopulation and enhancing their overall health and well-being.
Free/Low-Cost Local Clinics:
- Emancipet (www.emancipet.org)
- SNAP (www.snapus.org)
- Houston Humane Society (www.houstonHumane.org)
- Barc (www.houstontx.gov/barc)
- Pearland Canine Resource Center (www.pearlandcanineresourcenter.com)
- KAAWS (www.kaawsclinic.com)
- Texas Litter Control (www.texaslittercontrol.org)
- Laurel’s House (www.laurelshouse.org)