Whether you've recently adopted a pet or you're considering it, one of the most important health decisions you'll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog.  Spaying - removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet - is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits.  Neutering - removing the testicles of your male cat or dog - will vastly improve your pet's behavior and help keep him close to home.

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 dog or cat prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of


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 an

     escape from the house.  Once he is 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 spaying

     or 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 male escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray.  It is also much less

     expensive than treatments for diseases that can arise in unaltered dogs and cats.

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 nave 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 more 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.

ALL animals that are adopted through Valley Animal Haven are spayed/neutered prior to adoption