Animal Refuge Center does not offer spay and neuter services to the community. But we gladly endorse and promote the organizations that do! For more than 27 years, we have done our part to spay and neuter homeless pets and get them to their Forever Homes. Together we can make a difference in the pet overpopulation problem once and for all.
Prevent more. Fix at month four.
More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States – half are accidents. And when about four million homeless pets are killed in shelters each year, it’s time we took the “oops” out of the equation. But you can help. All you have to do is remember one number: four. As in four months.
Kittens can get pregnant as early as four months and puppies as early as six months, which means a litter of “uh-oh’s” can happen sooner than you think. By spaying and neutering your pet at four months, you can stop the accidents before they happen. And that helps keep animal shelters from crowding, and pets from being killed. Thank you for being part of the solution. Together, we can Save Them All®.
Spay and Neuter
Spay neuter is one of the greatest gifts you can provide your pet, your family and your community. These routine medical procedures not only reduce the number of animals who enter shelters, but they may also prevent medical and behavioral problems from developing in a cat or dog, allowing your pet to lead a longer, healthier and happier life.
Spaying or neutering is unlikely to change a pet’s temperament, basic personality or levels of playfulness and general activity. However, it can reduce the incidence of some behavioral issues, especially sexual behaviors, such as mounting, howling and the urge to roam. And despite what some believe, pets show no signs of “missing” mating or breeding.
The word “spay” refers to the sterilization of female pets. The term “neuter,” while more commonly used to refer to the castration of male pets, can be used to describe the sterilization of either female or male pets through the removal of reproductive organs.
Sterilization directly impacts the number of animals who are killed in our nation’s shelters by reducing the number of pets entering shelters and freeing up homes for homeless pets who are already born. By getting your pet fixed, together we can help a lot more pets Find Forever Homes.
We view spay/neuter as one of the keys to achieving our mission of ending the killing in the nation’s shelters, and our work reflects that view. Here are just a few of the things the Animal Refuge Center is doing to increase the number of animals being spayed and neutered:
- Participating in a national marketing campaign designed to encourage people to fix their pets at four months of age. Called Fix at Four, the campaign has had celebrity support from Eric Stonestreet from “Modern Family” and Linda Hunt from “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
- Promoting trap/neuter/return (TNR) of community cats through our masthead Community cat initiative, Cookie’s Legacy.
- Holding events in targeted communities to promote spaying and neutering of pit bull terriers. Kentucky Humane Society offers FREE spaying and neutering services for pit bull terriers. Click HERE to learn more.
- Supporting spay/neuter programming in Hardin County via grants.
Spay/neuter so they can Find Forever Homes.