Spaying & neutering are surgeries performed that sterilize male and female dogs and cats and prevent them from reproducing. Did you know that in 6 years, one unspayed female cat and her un-altered offspring can produce 420,000 kittens and one unspayed female dog and her un-altered offspring can produce 67,000 puppies? The answer to the pet overpopulation epidemic is spaying & neutering. It is good for you, your pet and the community.
Low-Cost Spay / Neuter Facilities in Charlotte, NC:
Performing these surgeries prevent many diseases such as uterine, mammary and testicular cancer. They also prevent fighting (especially in male animals) and unwanted behaviors such as spraying and bolting/roaming.
The organizations that encompass Partnership for Pets are committed to ending the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals and promote the groups that offer free and low-cost services for spaying and neutering pets, including partners Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, and the Humane Society of Charlotte. Do your part to prevent the pet overpopulation epidemic in Charlotte.
Do your part to prevent the pet overpopulation epidemic in Charlotte by spaying/neutering your pets. If you need financial assistance in addition to the low cost clinics in the area, please reach out to the following organizations that offer aid:
Humane Society of Charlotte
Keeping families together through our Pets for Life Program
Pets for Life Program
American Pit Bull Foundation
Assistance for bully breed owners experiencing economic distress
Helping Hands Program
Myths & Truths About Spay / Neuter
Myth: Spay or neuter surgery is painful and can harm my dog or cat.
Truth: During a spay or neuter surgery, dogs and cats are fully anesthetized, so they feel no pain. Afterward, most animals seem to experience some discomfort, but signs of discomfort disappear within a few days, and with pain management medication, pain may not be experienced at all. Serious harm as a result of spay or neuter surgery is extremely rare.
Myth: Neutering my dog will keep him from being protective.
Truth: Spaying or neutering doesn’t affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than hormones.
Myth: Neutering my male dog or cat will make him feel less like a male.
Truth: Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality and he won’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Myth: It’s better to let my pet have one litter first.
Truth: Medical evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat tend to be healthier. Females that are not spayed before their first heat have a much higher risk of mammary or breast cancer and infections of the uterus. Males neutered early in life have a less of a risk of prostate infections. We can safely sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.
Myth: Everyone wants a cuddly kitten or puppy. I’ll find good homes for them all.
Truth: You may find homes for all of your pet’s litter but this will mean one less home for all the dogs and cats in shelters who need homes. Overpopulation is a problem perpetuated by each new litter of puppies and kittens. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that one un-spayed female dog and her offspring can produce 11,167 puppies per year. One un-spayed female cat and her offspring can produce 60,000 kittens per year. Do you know 60,000 people that would want a kitten?
Myth: I should let my children experience the miracle of birth.
Truth: The real miracle is that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6 to 8 million companion animals end up in shelters nationwide. Of that number, 3 to 4 million will be euthanized, simply because they do not have a home. Cats and dogs should not be allowed to breed with little regard for the availability of homes for their litters.
Myth: Spayed or neutered dogs and cats become overweight.
Truth: In some dogs and cats, metabolism does decrease following spaying or neutering. Nevertheless, if fed only the appropriate amount of food and if adequately exercised, spayed or neutered dogs and cats are unlikely to become overweight.
Myth: My dog or cat is too old to be spayed or neutered.
Truth: Because early spaying or neutering is optimal, and with advanced techniques and safer anesthetic drugs, your pet can be safely spayed or neutered at 8 weeks of age and a weight of 2 pounds. Even dogs and cats who are years older will benefit from being spayed or neutered. Dogs and cats over 7 years of age are required to have pre-surgical blood work performed in order to check liver and kidney function prior to administering anesthesia. This blood work would be done at your primary veterinarian clinic and it is usually recommended it be completed within 30 days prior to your scheduled surgery appointment.
Myth: Spaying or neutering will make dogs and cats less affectionate.
Truth: Freed from the urge to mate, dogs and cats tend to be calmer and more content after spaying or neutering. Spayed or neutered dogs and cats are more, not less, likely to show affection toward their human companions.