Feb. 26 is World Spay Day, and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society wants you to get your pets spayed or neutered. Why? Besides reducing the number of unwanted pets entering shelters, spaying and neutering has health benefits for the pet and behavior benefits for the owner.
Spaying and neutering reduces your pet's chances of developing certain reproductive cancers. Spayed and neutered pets also have fewer behavioral issues such as spraying urine, wandering (in search of a mate), and even aggression. According to the American Humane Association, unneutered male dogs are nearly three times more likely to bite than unneutered dogs. Altered pets also have lower licensing fees than unaltered pets. It just makes sense to spay and neuter.
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society has a low-cost spay/neuter transport program in a partnership with the Spay Me! Clinic out of Madison. Cats can be altered for approximately $65 and dogs can be altered for around $100 ($110 for spay, $95 for neuter). Call (920) 424-2128 to get more information about this affordable community program. When you spay and neuter your pets you're doing the right thing for them, the community, and you!