Why Spay or Neuter?


Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering


Think you know all the facts on pet overpopulation?


(Article courtesy of The Humane Society of the United States; some editing done by SCHS web-editors.)


The most important thing to know about spaying and neutering is that it saves lives. In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S. as a whole, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted, and tragically, the other half are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.


Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet means fewer pets — pets as sweet, loving, healthy, and deserving of companionship as your own — will be euthanized for lack of a home.


But just in case you need more information before making this important decision, here is the truth behind some commonly spread myths about spaying and neutering.

I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.

The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children the miracle of life and that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.


It's better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.

Absolutely not true! Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.


I want my dog to be protective.


It is a dog's natural instinct to protect 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 purebred. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized, including many purebred animals. Visit with your local shelter for more information.

My pet will get fat and lazy.

The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.

Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

It's expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Most regions of the U.S. have at least one spay/neuter clinic within driving distance that charge $100 or less for the procedure, and many veterinary clinics provide discounts through subsidized voucher programs. Low-cost spay/neuter is more and more widely available all the time. (See below for information about the SCHS spay/neuter program.)

But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

Your pet's puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.

I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

You may find homes for your pet's puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in an animal shelter, as one of the many homeless pets in every community competing for a home. Will they be one of the lucky ones?

Stephens County Humane Society Spay/Neuter Programs



Through the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society (our wonderful volunteer organization), we issue Spay/Neuter Certificates that subsidize vet expenses by $25.00 each. These certificates or vouchers are valid with the majority of our local veterinarians. The vets reduce their fees to their customer by the $25.00, and then send in the vouchers to the Friends for reimbursement. There is very little overhead and no advertising costs for this program.


The vouchers are issued on a first come, first served basis in a limited quantity on the 1st and 15th of each month. We will not "hold one" and we do not mail them. The vouchers are valid for 30 days and are limited to two per customer at any one time.


And, remember! SCHS adoption fees include the cost of the spay or neuter surgery. Dr. Will Bernhardt is the SCHS Shelter veterinarian, and he performs our alteration surgeries as well as monitors the health and well-being of the SCHS dogs and cats.


We believe strongly in spaying and neutering! Not only is it healthier for the animal, but it is the only way we will eventually get ahead of this country's pet overpopulation problem. There will always be more dogs and cats than there are people who want them. Please. Spay and neuter your pets. And, if your pets are already spayed and neutered, accept our thankful gratitude and appreciation.


What else can you do?


  • Talk to your neighbors. Encourage them to get their pets spayed and neutered. Tell them to contact us if they need financial assistance.
  • Call your local vet and offer to pay or subsidize a spay/neuter surgery for someone who wants to do the right thing, but just needs a little financial help.
  • Donate to the SCHS and specifically designate your gift for the Spay/Neuter program. All gifts to the SCHS are tax-deductible.
  • Spread the word! Help break the cycle of unwanted kittens and puppies whose only crime is being one of too many. Let's make it a reality: No More Homeless Pets!


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