Spay and neuter event takes Hollywood and Ravenel by storm

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The communities of Hollywood and Ravenel will have fewer stray animals this spring and summer due to a targeted spay and neuter campaign held last week.

“This is a great example of how targeted spay and neuter campaigns can be effective strategies in bringing down the overpopulation of unwanted animals,” said Joe Elmore, chief executive officer at Charleston Animal Society. “This was the third massive event launched in Hollywoood and Ravenel during the past 30 months and we continue to see the population of unwanted and stray animals come down. Accessible, affordable spay and neuter services are crucial in addressing the problem of overpopulation.”

The week-long campaign ended Sunday with a transport of nearly 70 animals.

Spaying and neutering animals is an integral strategy of Charleston Animal Society’s No Kill Charleston 2015 initiative, which aims to make Charleston County the first community in the Southeast where all healthy and treatable animals are saved.

Benefits of spaying or neutering pets are –

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently — sometimes all over the house.

4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate. That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds — not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray.

8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children — especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible way.

10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying

or neutering.

For nearly 10 years, Charleston Animal Society has spayed or neutered tens of thousands of animals and it will spay or neuter over 10,000 animals again this year, continuing to make it the largest spay and neuter provider in the state.

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