We've heard just about every possible rationale
for not spaying or neutering animals:
"Oh, I just couldn't do that to another
guy. Besides, I want him to have a good time."
"I just couldn't take away Rover's
manhood like that."
"Just one litter, for me."
"I want my children to witness the
miracle of birth."
"I don't have time to deal with
"I don't have the money for spaying or
"I'm careful to make sure she doesn't
mate when she's out."
"It's just not natural."
The Simple Truth about Spaying and Neutering
- Animals don't share our sexuality. They are not motivated by
sexual pleasure, but rather by an instinct to breed. Unlike humans, they don't have sex
for romance, for fun, out of guilt, aggression, depression, or joy; they don't have sex
because they're happy, sad, angry, high, or just plain in love. For animals, it's not that
complicated or convoluted. In fact, it's quite simple: the female animal goes into estrus
(heat) and the male reacts to her pheromones which triggers the instinct to breed.
(Mounting or "humping," outside of actual breeding, should not be confused with
sex; it's about dominance.)
- Male animals are not men and don't embody the concept of
"manhood," though intact male dogs do tend to be more aggressive, high strung,
and hard to handle.
- Altered animals of either gender make better pets. They enjoy
longer, healthier lives, and are more relaxed. Unspayed females have higher incidences of
mammary tumors, uterine infections, and cancer. Unneutered males, in addition to
demonstrating high levels of aggression and other behavioral problems, have much higher
probability of prostate cancer.
- The cost of altering a dog can run from $50 to $150. If you shop
around you may, no doubt, find a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in your area. Call your local
SPCA and ask for a referral. If you're low on cash, ask your friends to pitch in. You'll
be surprised at how responsive others will be.
- 13 million animals are destroyed every year because of over
population and our diminishing ability as humans to care for those animals that exist.
- Children can witness the miracle of birth in any number of ways.
Videos are available at public libraries, as well as endless opportunity for engaging
conversation and interaction between parents and children.
There are so many other ways to educate children about the miracle of birth without
enforcing a higher probability of death for more animals.
Would those unthinking adults who would have their children witness the miracle of birth
by allowing a litter of puppies to be born, in the same turn, have their children witness
the inevitability of death by allowing their children to see the destruction of
unadoptable animals who are being killed every day simply because there are too many to manage?
We think not, and we don't recommend that children be privy to such heart- break.
But we do think that there is something very basic that every adult and child should know:
THERE ARE MORE DOGS THAN HOMES FOR DOGS, AND BECAUSE OF THIS ABSOLUTE TRUTH, ANIMALS
ARE DYING NEEDLESSLY AT THE HANDS OF HUMANS EVERY DAY. NOW,
WHAT'S SO NATURAL ABOUT THAT?
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