Sterilisation, Spay and Neuter

Sterilisation, what we need to consider…

It is now recognised that there are just too many dogs and cats… That if allowed to breed unchecked our country could be quickly overrun, especially considering that one female cat and her offspring can produce approximately 350,000 cats in 7 years and a dog nearly 70,000 in 6 years!

When we look at these statistics, I am sure that there are many who shake their heads and say “it just can’t be” preferring the ‘ostrich’ approach to rather facing the facts that things are ‘out of hand’.  To make matters worse the number of animals that is currently being euthanized are nearly the same, we are actually ending as many lives just to be able to cope with the overpopulation over the same period of time! Yet this doesn’t solve the problem as the cycle continues…

This problem will not go away and needs to be handled, and there are many organisations who are trying their damndest to in some way make a difference but unless we all take cognisance of the reality of the situation then we are fighting a losing battle as there aren’t enough homes, but by now knowing the facts we all bear the same burden of responsibility.  We now need to do what we can to help prevent more dogs and cats from following the same fate.

Shelters are overwhelmed with the daily intake of unwanted, lost or stray animals the burden leaving them with little recourse but if we could reduce the population of unwanted pets then we would reduce the number of animals who end up dying due to circumstances beyond their control.

The voice of denial, spouts but “I only want them to have one litter, they would be so cute” isn’t thinking of the pet but for themselves as really it is not as if, our pets our wined and dined ending the evening with a romantic interlude.  It’s primal; it’s an urge that can’t be controlled, its secondary rape through diminished responsibility!  And, the novelty soon wears off as the little ones are wrecking the house, messing off the paper and causing general mayhem in the home. The reasons behind “only one litter” become lost as you now only want them to be gone so we rip them away from their family and give them away!   Unless you are serious about being a breeder then why would you run the risk, remember how your parents advocated “safe sex”.  Mistakes happen, whether it is a gate left open or a friend comes over for a visit!

FAQs answered by Animal Talk

There are many myths about sterilisation but in the long run your pet will be healthier and happier for longer, it helps to calm pets down and prevent excessive dominance and roaming.

The first is directed at the man of the house, having your dog / cat sterilised or spayed does not affect you Sadly, many men extend their masculinity to include their dog as well as the car and have problems even considering anything that would interfere with the ‘boys’ club but in all truth your pet doesn’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego.  Neutering will not change their personality or create an identity crisis.

A Pets behaviour changes dramatically after surgery The only changes you will see are positive ones!  Here are the facts; male cats tend to reduce their territorial spraying depending upon the age at which they are neutered.  Neutered male cats and dogs fight less; it helps avoid contagious diseases and abscesses. They also wander less as they aren’t interested in pursuing the female in heat.

Preventing pets from having litters is unnatural We have already interfered with nature by domesticating dogs and cats and in doing so, we have helped create the problem.  Now it’s our responsibility to solve it and it can’t be anymore unnatural to be killing so many of them in our shelters each year.

Dogs and Cats should be allowed to come into heat before being spayed Spaying a dog or cat after the first heat cycle can actually increase the risk of mammary cancers developing later in life.  Spaying prior to the first heat cycle is the most current recommendation.

Dogs and Cats should not be spayed until 6 months of age This was the recommendation several years ago but is no longer the case.  In fact, early spaying and neutering is being routinely performed at animal shelters from as early as 8 / 12 weeks without ill effects.  Ask your Vet for their advice.

We don’t need to neuter males, because they aren’t the ones having the litters Immaculate Conception doesn’t explain canine and feline pregnancies, it takes two to tango

My Pet will get fat and lazy This has nothing to do with whether they are spayed or sterilised, most pets get fat and lazy because they are fed too much and don’t get enough exercise

If I am a responsible owner who keeps my animals from wandering around, I don’t need to neuter my animals You may have good intentions but just one small mistake can result in an accidental pregnancy and before you know it you have added six or more baby animals to the overpopulation problem.

I want my dog to be protective Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect the home and family.  A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

But my pet is a purebred So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country.  There are just too many dogs and cats – mixed breed and pure bred.  If you imagine that you will be able to recoup the costs of buying a purebred animal by breeding with it and selling the puppies.  The reality is that for true responsible breeding you need to ensure the right breeding lines, kennelling, vetcare, inoculations, deworming and food for whelping bitches, sires and puppies, registration and micro chipping.

I’ll find a good home for all the puppies and kittens You may be fortunate and find homes for your all your pets litter, but each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes.  Also, in time each of your offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population.

  • Spaying your animal helps prevent uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease
  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates their heat cycle, females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behaviour and attract males
  • Unsterilised animals often exhibit more aggressive behavior and temperament
  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away or get into fights
  • Communities spend millions to control unwanted animals

Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre Sterilises / Spays between 30 – 60 animals per month.  The cost of a Sterilisation / Spay costs between R250.00 – R400.00 per animal.

Here is how you can help: Pay an amount of your choice as a once off donation or per month towards the Sterilisation / Spay Campaign

Our Banking details Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre

Standard Bank

Account No: 41 051 445 4

Branch: 02 65 09

Reference Sterri / Your Name