Education About the Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

U.S. Animal Control Statistics

Dogs Euthanized in Shelters 60%
Cats Euthanized in Shelters 75%
Dogs and Cats Adopted from Shelters 25%

An estimated 6-8 million homeless animals enter shelters each year in the U.S.

Benefits of Spaying or Neutering your Pet

For Your Pet

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

For You

  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
  • Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.

For the Community

  • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs. Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife

Helpful Links

Spay/Neuter Information

  • Humane Alliance
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture
  • NCSNAP
  • NC State School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Nooters Club
  • Spay USA

Animal Groups

  • Animal Kind
  • Animal Rescue Groups of N.C.
  • Canine Connections
  • Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption
  • Chatham County Animal Rescue and Education
  • German Shepard Rescue Adoptions
  • Moore Humane Society
  • Pit Bull Rescue Central
  • Thundering Paws Pet Adoption
  • Triangle Pet Rescue
  • Caring Groups for Canines
  • Peak Labs
  • Feline Friends

National Animal Organizations

Service Area Animal Control Facilities

* By listing the organizations above, we are not endorsing or promoting any of these groups in particular, but they are educational organizations that provide educational information.

Companion Animal Clinic Foundation (CAC) is a volunteer organization dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of abandoned and unwanted animals in our region through affordable spay/neuter.

CAC Foundation supports the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic in Vass, NC by subsidizing the difference between the service fee and the “real” cost of the spay/neuter operation.

Contact Info:

Companion Animal Clinic Foundation (855) 439-3498 info@companionanimalclinic.org
P.O. Box 148
Southern Pines, NC 28388

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