Green Mountain Animal DefendersWorking to Protect the Well-Being of All Animals Since 1983
Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Fact: The truth is that pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't exercise them enough.
Myth: It's better to have one litter first.
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, females spayed before their first heat have been shown to be significantly healthier. Many veterinarians are now sterilizing both dogs and cats as young as eight weeks old. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
Myth: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
Fact: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth, which is unlikely, since birth usually occurs at night and in seclusion, the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is the countless lives you can save by spaying and neutering.
Myth: But my pet is a purebred.
Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats for the homes available.
Myth: I want my dog to be protective.
Fact: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
Myth: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
Fact: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. Male pets do not suffer an emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Myth: But my dog / cat is so special I want a puppy / kitten that will be just like him / her.
Fact: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean his or her offspring will be a carbon copy. Even professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's worst characteristics.
Myth: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
Fact: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the animal, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of caring for a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and babies. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the prevention of more unwanted pets.
Myth: I'll find good homes for all of the puppies and kittens.
Fact: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population.