Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Companion Animal

What do "spay" and "neuter" really mean?  Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases the operation is performed while your companion is under anesthesia. Depending on age, size, and health, he or she will stay at your veterinarian's office for a few hours or a few days. Depending upon the procedure, your pet may need stitches removed after a few days. Your veterinarian can fully explain spay and neuter procedures to you and discuss with you the best age at which to sterilize. Spaying or Neutering Is Good for Your Companion Animal Want expert advice about living with companions? Enter your email address and sign up for our Companion Living e-newsletter. Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat. Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when spaying before her first estrous cycle. Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease. Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You Spaying and neutering makes for better, more affectionate companions. Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory. Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals. Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.  Neutering makes companions less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights. Spaying and Neutering Are Good for the Community  Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals. Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks. Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals. Stray and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs. Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife. Spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers its benefits. It's a small price to pay for the health of your companion and the prevention of more unwanted animals.

H.O.P.E. Spay/Neuter Clinic Opens

We are thrilled to announce that the day we've all been awaiting for has arrived - the H.O.P.E. Spay/Neuter Clinic will open on Tuesday, August 11, 2009! We will begin our Transport Program in mid-September. The goal for our Transport Program is two-fold:
  1. to provide rescue organizations a method to transport a high volume of animals to and from our clinic, and
  2. assist animal rescue and welfare organizations in providing spay/neuter services and transport to people in their communities.
For more information on how to become a partnering organization or to schedule transport services, please call our clinic at 203-437-7955 to speak with our transport coordinator. We are also pleased to announce two subsidized programs: our Feral Cat Program and our S.N.A.P Program (Spay Neuter All Pits). We can only offer these special reduced rate programs through generous donations and grants. Please call our clinic if you'd like to donate to the Lulu Fund - the H.O.P.E. Spay/Neuter Clinic's subsidy fund which supports our subsidized programs and also provides financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford even our reduced costs. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday. Monday through Thursday patients stay overnight and are picked up the following morning. Friday appointments are feline only and picked up the same day. Our contact information is: H.O.P.E. Spay/Neuter Clinic, Inc. 130 Scott Road A-4 Waterbury, CT 06705 203.437.7955 Toll Free: 877.295.PAWS (7297) We thank you for your patience and look forward to opening Connecticut's first and only high volume, high quality, low cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs! Click here to download the H.O.P.E. Spay/Neuter Clinic list or services and prices.