Did you know a single unaltered cat and her offspring can produce more than 400,000 cats in their lifetime? Over time, this creates a massive burden and impact on local shelters, which can stretch resources and available space. Spaying and neutering pets is one way to lessen this burden.
In 2018, Bradshaw Animal Shelter cared for more than 13,000 animals. Of those, more than 7,000 were spayed or neutered at the shelter or through available programs, grants and donated funds from organizations like Teaching Everyone Animals Matter (TEAM)
. Last year, the shelter also provided approximately $125,000 in low-cost spay and neuter vouchers
to low income Sacramento County residents through the Sacramento Area Animals Coalition’s (SAAC) Voucher Program.
In addition to providing a solution to overpopulation, there are numerous health and other benefits to spay/neutering, including:
- Prevention of pet-related diseases and cancer
- In some cases, behavior, like roaming, aggression and barking, improves
- Increases pets’ life expectancy and overall quality of life
- Licensing an altered pet is cheaper than licensing an unaltered pet
February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. Here are some ways to help: