Pets are already in heat, some with litters on the way

By Connie A. Hewitt | Feb 27, 2016

Spay/Neuter organizations across the nation have been urging pet owners to get their animals fixed in February before their pets get pregnant or sire a bunch of litters. Spaying and neutering will prevent hundreds of unwanted litters.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Haywood Spay/Neuter (HS/N) sent 66 cats and dogs to the Human Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic. On Thursday they came back home fixed.  The post-surgical report stated that 30 percent of the animals fixed were either in heat or pregnant. Additionally:

— 13 of the 21 female cats were in heat; one had given birth less than a month ago; three cats were pregnant.

— 23 female dogs were fixed; seven were in heat.

“If only half of them gave birth to litters of four little ones, that’s 40 unplanned kittens or puppies that won’t need to be fed, vaccinated, found homes for and/or end up at the county shelter at risk of being euthanized," said Penny Wallace, HS/N board member.

"Although the staff at the shelter does its very best to make adoption and/or foster homing happy endings, the truth is that the shelter is too small to keep large numbers of animals for extended periods," said Connie Hewett, HS/N president.

“We have the numbers to prove that low cost spay neuter is doing a big chunk of the job of lowering the numbers of dogs and cats in the county by preventing thousands of unplanned litters in Haywood County and we need the public to continue supporting our effort to keep the price to the owner at a minimum," said Linda Sexton, HS/N board member. "That way, we’ll be able to meet the need."

A gift of $10 covers the cost of a rabies vaccination; a gift of $40 covers the cost of surgery for one animal; and a gift of $100 will subsidize at least two surgeries. All gifts to Haywood Spay/Neuter are tax deductible in accordance with the IRS rules regarding charitable donations.

Call 828-452-1329 for more information or visit www.haywoodspayneuter.org. Haywood Spay/Neuter is located at 182 Richland St., Waynesville, and is open from 11 a.m .to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.