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Why Spay/Neuter Your Pet?

Mar 29, 2015 01:21AM ● By Suzi Harkola

The following is adapted from the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) of Sarasota website. The words are wise and should be taken to heart by pet parents throughout the area, the state and our nation. It is an act of kindness to neuter or spay your pet, as you are loving and protecting them. Homeless animals rarely survive for more than a few years on their own, dying from starvation, disease, climate and accidents.

Cost should not be an issue. Many organizations, including ARC, provide free or low-cost spay/neuter services.

With each day that passes, more than 10,000 healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States. The cause of this figure is simple and clear: there are not enough loving homes to adopt all these unplanned animals. Across the nation, animal shelters face the day-to-day tough and costly responsibility of cleaning up after an ignorant society that allows their pets to reproduce at an uncontrollable speed. Typically, a single community will end up spending millions of dollars a year to manage and take care of these unwanted animals. 

There is virtually no limit to the number of litters dogs and cats can produce. One female cat and her brood can produce 420,000 offspring within seven years, while one female dog and her young can produce 67,000 offspring in that same time frame. The only solution is to increase sterilization of dogs and cats, and Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) is ready.


Spay/Neuter Excuses: 

Myths Versus Facts

“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. It is not caused by a spay/neuter surgery. 

“It’s better to have one litter first.” Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, it shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier and neutered males have a lower incidence of some cancers. 

“I want my dog to be protective.” Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. 

“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. Your pet won’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered. Neutering will decrease sexually orientated behavior (aggressiveness, fighting, roaming and urinary marking) which is undesirable.


Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?

Most importantly, you will prevent countless future generations of unwanted dogs and cats from entering a world that has no room for them.

Spay/neuter helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. 

It can eliminate or reduce future health problems that can be difficult and expensive to treat. 

Pets become better companions. 

Pets are less aggressive and less likely to bite, roam the neighborhood, get hit by cars. 


No animal should be killed to make room for another.


Animal Rescue Coalition is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, a feral cat program, comprehensive adoption effort, and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.


ARC is located at 6320 Tower Lane, Sarasota. Phone 941-957-1955, email [email protected], or visit


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