A word about early age spay/neuter
1996, the Wisconsin Humane Society developed the
early age sterilization program. This means that
100% of the adoption animals, including young puppies
and kittens, are spayed or neutered before being
adopted into new, loving homes.
age neutering is not a new concept. Research shows
that in the early 1900's veterinarians advocated
spaying females prior to weaning and neutering dogs
as early as four weeks old. In July of 1993, a resolution
was passed by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical
Association) stating support of early (8-16 weeks
of age) ovariohysterectomies (spays) and gonadectomies
(neuters) in dogs and cats, in an effort to end
overpopulation. This practice is also approved by
the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.
An article in the Journal
of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
September 1993 issue, states that work has been
done in Bradenton, Florida and Medford, Oregon for
more than 25 years. Thus far, no long-term negative
side effects from early age spay/neuter surgery
have been found.
Spaying and neutering
young, healthy kittens and puppies is a growing
trend that has been endorsed by major humane organizations
like the American Humane Association, the Humane
Society of the United States, the American Veterinary
Medical Association and the Cat Fanciers' Association.
Early age spay/neuter ensures the Wisconsin Humane
Society that adopted animals will not contribute
to animal overpopulation.
BENEFITS OF SPAYING/NEUTERING
are many benefits to spaying or neutering your dog
or cat. The most obvious is the prevention of unwanted
litters and the reduction of cat and dog overpopulation.
But, there are also numerous health benefits! Spaying
your female dog or cat prevents mammary tumors,
uterine and ovarian cancer. Neutering your male
dog or cat prevents testicular tumors and prevents
certain diseases of the prostate.
or neutering your companion animal also can reduce
or eliminate certain behavioral problems. Spaying
your female cat will prevent the vocalization and
urine spraying associated with going into heat.
Neutering also reduces the incidence of urine spraying
in male cats. Neutered male dogs will be less likely
to roam and less aggressive toward other male dogs.
of your dog or cat does not cause a personality
change. If you have an exuberant, active animal,
this will not change with the surgery. With proper
feeding and exercise, your companion animal will
not become overweight.
Last year, the Wisconsin
Humane Society spayed or neutered thousands of animals
prior to adoption. While we are doing our part to
end the tragedy of overpopulation, we need your
help. Please have your dog or cat spayed or neutered
and encourage your friends and relatives to do the
Apply for SNAP, our spay/neuter assistance program, which provides subsidized spay/neuter services for animals from households with qualifying incomes.