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Spay/Neuter Your Pet
All pets that are adopted through the Quinte Humane Society are spayed or neutered before adoption. When kittens are too young to be spayed or neutered, we provide adopters with a voucher to help cover the costs when they are big enough. Puppies that are too young to be spayed or neutered are placed into "foster to adopt" homes with their new family and are not officially adopted out until after their surgery. By spaying/neutering all the animals in our care it will help our community by reducing overpopulation (particularly in cats) and reducing the amount of stray or unwanted animals that end up in our care needing to be rehomed.
There are many health benefits to spaying/neutering.
Spaying eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, mammary cancer, as well as pyometra (a life-threatening infection of the uterus). Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and lowers the risk of prostate problems, and will often resolve unwanted spraying/scent marking.
There are also many behavioural benefits such as; females are less likely to yowl for a mates when they are in heat, it will help to decrease the likelihood that your pet will try to escape their home in search of a mate, in turn preventing accidental/unwanted pregnancies in your pet, and males are less likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine.
The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is less than the cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens for 8 weeks and providing them with proper veterinary care during the early stages of life. Not to mention, ensuring these new lives, all find loving and responsible homes.
Contact your veterinarian for more information.