Green Mountain Animal DefendersWorking to Protect the Well-Being of All Animals Since 1983
Spaying or neutering your companion animal will significantly increase his or her chances of having a long and healthy life. Altering typically increases a dog's life by 1 - 3 years, and a cat's by 3 - 5 years.
Altered animals are much less likely to contract mammary gland, prostate, uterine, testicular, and other types of cancers. Altering animals also makes them safer by reducing their urge to roam. Surveys indicate that approximately 85 percent of dogs hit by a car are unaltered, and unneutered male cats living outside have been shown to live less than two years on average. Feline leukemia and FIV are spread by bites, making intact cats, which are more prone to fight, more susceptible than altered cats.
The capture, impoundment, and euthanization of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies in the United States more than one billion dollars each year.
Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance by soiling streets and parks, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing pets or farm animals.