Sterilizing companion animals is important to ensure they won't contribute to the homeless animal population. Spaying is the removal of a female animal's ovaries and uterus. Neutering is the removal of a male's testicles. Both operations are safe and usually only require an overnight stay in a Veterinary clinic.
Stop the killing
In six years, one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats. Every year in Ontario, tens of thousands of dogs and cats are destroyed. The vast majority are young, healthy and friendly. More animals are born than will ever find homes.
Keep your pet safe
Animals that haven't been spayed or neutered are more likely to roam. Female dogs and cats attract males from great distances when they go into heat. Some animals get hit by cars while searching for mates. Many others are lost, stolen, injured in fights, or end up in pounds. Both male and female animals are at risk. Keeping animals inside doesn't guarantee safety. Accidental escapes occur, and animals who haven't been spayed or neutered that don't reach potential mates may develop stress-related health and behavior problems.
Spaying or neutering eliminates or significantly decreases the risk of developing certain health problems, such as:
P.A.W.S. of Georgina promotes the spaying or neutering of your pet to help reduce the unwanted animal population. They also encourage owners to properly identify and licence pets and provide for its health and vaccinations to ensure its safety. P.A.W.S. provides spay/neuter rebates to all Georgina residents. The rebate is a one-time per animal opportunity for each animal in the household. P.A.W.S. has helped hundreds of animals find loving homes or, in cases of wildlife, help network them to medical assistance and rehabilitation facilities.
P.A.W.S. educates the public by providing animal information and welfare tips through public seminars, school visits and community events. To learn more check out the Common Concerns of Spaying and Neutering fact sheet.