How you can help as an individual…
Spay or neuter your pets:
Spaying or neutering your own pets is the single best thing you can do to help prevent pet overpopulation. Dogs can have two litters a year and cats can have up to six litters per year.
Spaying and neutering at a young age is key as well – did you know that your puppy or kitten have their first heat and get pregnant as young as five months old?
Advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves:
Share facts to friends, family and acquaintances about spaying and neutering. Emphasize the benefit to their animals, themselves, and to their community.
Here are some talking points:
- Animals who are spayed or neutered will live a longer, healthier life because these surgeries prevent serious diseases such as testicular cancer, hernias, and prostate disease in males and breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and pyometra (a pus-filled uterus) in females. Spaying and neutering is a less expensive medical procedure than treatment for these painful diseases.
- Spayed or neutered animals are less likely to stray from home as a result of seeking out potential mates. A person may never get a lost animal back because the animal may be turned into a shelter, be seriously wounded by other animals or vehicles on the road, or suffer other fates.
- Four million cats and dogs – about one every eight seconds- are put down in shelters each year. Spaying and neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation.
- Spaying and neutering is now more affordable than ever with low-cost clinics or financial assistance programs available. See our page to look up a program near you. (Link the word “Program” to our map)
Adopt from a shelter and keep your pets for life:
Adopting from a rescue or shelter is the greatest gift you can give to a homeless animal. You will feel great about saving a life, and you will even save money because adopting from a shelter is much less expensive than buying from a breeder or a pet store. Plus, most shelters or rescue organizations vaccinate and spay or neuter, so you will really be getting a great deal!
Of course, taking on the responsibility of an animal is a big commitment and like having a child, a pet requires long-term dedication. Animals are not disposable!
Volunteer your time:
Do you live in the Indianapolis area and have a passion for spay/neuter? Then we want you! Volunteers will be trained on answering and returning phone calls to people who are requesting spay/neuter assistance.
Every hour you donate to help make phone calls, contact vets, or assist clients allows Spay Indiana to continue serving animals and their families in Indiana.
- You’ll have a better behaved pet.
- Spaying and neutering your pets will help prevent behavioral problems such as: marking or spraying, persistent barking or meowing, roaming/escaping, fighting with other pets, and biting humans or other animals.
- The problem isn’t just the “mutts”
- Approximately 25% of animals in shelters are purebred. Just because an animal has “papers” does not mean it should be bred. Spaying or neutering your pet will prevent your cherished pet’s offspring from ending up in shelters.
- Did you know?
- Did you know that dogs can have up to 2 litters of puppies per year and that cats can have as many as 6 litters of kittens?