Spay Humboldt! works to facilitate the spaying and neutering of owned and stray cats and dogs, and feral cats. To schedule a low-cost spay/neuter, contact us.
What is Spay/Neuter?
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that prevent dogs and cats from reproducing. Spaying and neutering reduces companion animal abuse, neglect, and homelessness by preventing the births of unwanted puppies and kittens.
In addition to preventing unwanted births, spayed and neutered animals generally live longer, usually cost less in veterinary bills, do not roam in search of mates, tend to be more sociable with people and animals; and are less likely to get mammary and testicular cancers.
Spay/Neuter Myths & Facts
Myth: Kittens and puppies need to be at least six months before they are spayed or neutered.
Fact: Cats and dogs may become sexually mature and begin breeding before six months of age. Spay and neuter surgeries can be safely done once an animal is two months of age.
Myth: Females should have one litter before they are spayed.
Fact: Having a litter does not provide any behavioral or health benefits. Early spaying reduces her risk of mammary cancer and other risks associated with pregnancy and birth.
Myth: An animal's behavior changes after it is spayed or neutered.
Fact: Any behavior changes that may occur are positive ones. Male animals reduce territorial marking, and if neutered young enough may never develop these behaviors. They also wander less and fight less, resulting in fewer injuries and diseases.
Myth: I will find good homes for the puppies or kittens that are born.
Fact: Finding good homes is time-consuming and there is no guarantee that they will remain in those homes throughout their lives. Shelters are overflowing with animals that have been discarded once they started to grow. For every puppy and kitten intentionally brought into the world, another will die.
We Can Help!
Spay Humboldt! provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners and feral cat caretakers for spaying and neutering. If you need assistance, call us at (707) 442-SPAY (7729).
You Can Help!
Spay and neuter your own animals, then help a friend spay and neuter theirs. Adopt from a rescue organization. Send a donation. Every dollar you donate will be used to provide spay and neuter surgeries. Volunteer. Call today: (707) 442-SPAY (7729).