February is responsible pet ownership month and there’s a nationwide initiative to educate pet parents about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It seems like such a simple thing to most, and yet here we are in 2014 with frightening statistics of euthanasia and millions of dogs still at risk. If you aren’t sure why the opinion to spay and neuter your dog is so important, take a look at these top three reasons to spay/neuter your dog.
Top three reason to spay/neuter your dog:
- Control the pet population-It’s estimated that between 5 million and 8 million shelter animals are euthanized each year, shelter euthanasia is the number one killer of companion animals. Spaying and neutering your pet is the only way to help control the pet population, and therefore save lives.
- It’s healthier-Studies report that neutered male dogs live 18% longer than non neutered male dogs and spayed females live 23% longer than non spayed female dogs (according to a USA today report, May 2013). Spaying has also been shown to greatly decrease the risk of mammarian cancer and completely eliminates uterine cancers and diseases. For males, neutering eliminates testicular cancers or diseases and can lower the risk of prostate cancer.
- It’s Safer-Spaying and neutering can have behavioral benefits that provide a level of safety for your dog. Dogs in heat tend to roam more, leading to a greater risk of injury or death and if you don’t find your dog in time, can add to the problem of the increasing pet population. Other behavioral benefits include less of the excessive bad behaviors such as barking, mounting, marking and tendencies toward aggressive behaviors.
If you aren’t contributing to the solution, you’re contributing to the problem, so this month we’re helping two of our local shelter/rescue groups to raise funds for spaying and neutering.
Camp Bow Wow Hound-quarters is offering $500 to a nominated shelter who can reach the most Facebook votes by the end of the month, and if our personal Camp Bow Wow Saint Clair Shores page reaches 5,000 fans by the end of the month, we’re going to match it. That means our friends at the Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR) could benefit $1,000 toward the medical costs of spaying and neutering their rescues.
We’re also hosting a fundraiser with our friends at the Pepperoni Grill on Feb. 25th. Spay-ghetti and no balls will benefit our friends at the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society (GPAAS), we’ll be there from 11am to 10pm and the Pepperoni Grill has generously offered to donate 15% of the total bill to GPAAS when you mention the fundraiser.
Please help us spread the word and use this short month to spread the love and help as much as we can!