Simple way to make a difference – Spay & Neuter
In addition to volunteering, another cause very close to my heart is spaying and neutering. I actually started a charity in 2009 called FiXiT Foundation. Spaying or neutering your cats or dogs is such an EASY way to give back. Let me explain.
Every year, 3 – 4 million animals’ lives are brought to an end because there just aren’t enough homes for them. That is approximately 1,200 per day in the United States alone. By preventing unwanted breeding, we are reducing the number of homeless animals.
Approximately 50 percent of animals that enter animal shelters every year are euthanized, but some have much worse odds. In some communities, only 5 percent of pit bull terriers that enter shelters find a new home. The only known solution is to spay and neuter.
In addition to helping make sure you don’t accidentally add to the pet overpopulation crisis, spaying and neutering also helps your pet live a longer, healthier life in a few ways:
- Spaying and neutering reduces, or can eliminate, a number of health problems that are difficult and/or expensive to treat.
- Spaying greatly reduces the chance of mammary cancer, especially if your dog is spayed before her first estrous cycle, and also eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer.
- Neutering will decrease the possibility of prostate disease and eliminates testicular cancer.
- The cost of a spay and neuter can range from $25-$150 at low-cost clinics. We provide a national database on the GetYourFix.org site. Check it out. Fix your pets. And tell everyone you know how to do something good for their pet and the world!