February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

Jan 29, 2014

Do you want another 5-10 kittens or puppies in your home by Easter?  If not, act now to prevent unplanned litters this spring. Waiting will only increase your female’s risk of an unnecessary pregnancy. Fix your males now, too. It takes two to tango, and he will stay closer to home.

Did you know that 50 percent of all litters are accidental? Every spring, Haywood County sees a sharp increase of puppies and kittens entering local animal shelters.

The problem is that cats and dogs get pregnant much earlier than most people expect. Kittens can come into heat at four-months old, and puppies as early as five months. Furthermore, littermates will mate with each other, which adds to the problem and causes health concerns for the mother and her inbred offspring.

Give a pet the gift of health and have it fixed by five-months old.  Haywood Spay/Neuter provides low-cost spay/neuter services to pets of Haywood County residents. HS/N’s upcoming trips to the spay/neuter clinic are Feb. 5 and Feb. 19, regardless of the weather.

For pet owners on government assistance, there is a grant to help with the cost.  Stop by to register at from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday at 182 Richland St., Waynesville. Photo ID and proof of income are required by N.C. State Spay/Neuter Refund Program. Call 452-1329 for more information.

 

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