Why Spay & Neuter

Surprisingly there are many people who still resist the idea of having their pet spayed or neutered. Unity’s mission includes education programs that answer the important question, “Why spay and neuter?”

Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives

As of 2017, there are about 6.5 million dogs and cats in animal shelters in the United States. In Houston, hundreds of thousands of animals are in animal shelters or roaming our city’s streets. A large percentage of these animals are euthanized or die of starvation and disease. Pet owners can make a difference by making the decision to spay and neuter their pets. Spaying and neutering pets can help reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens in shelters and on the street.

The Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

Medical professionals agree that there are health and behavioral benefits associated with spaying and neutering, including:

Spaying females:

• Reduces incidence of mammary cancer
• Eliminates risks of uterine and ovarian cancer
• Prevents pyometra, a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus
• Reduces roaming and territorial aggression

Neutering males:

• Protects from prostate enlargement and infections
• Protects from testicular cancer
• Protects from certain types of hernias
• Reduces marking or spraying
• Reduces roaming and territorial aggression