Every day over 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. -- and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there aren't enough homes for them. Only 1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the U.S. will find a home. The rest will be killed on the highways or destroyed because no one wants them. About 80% of the dogs hit by vehicles each year are un-neutered males. At the same time, 90% of the millions of cats killed on the roadways are unsterilized. Feral cats tend to get into fights and wander more.
Fixing your pet decreases their urge to wander and increases their chance of living a longer, healthier life. You can be part of the solution to the thousands of dogs and cats dying each year in West Virginia if you will just spay and neuter your own pets. According to statistics from the Federation of Humane Organizations in West Virginia, approximately 100,000 animals are euthanized every year in our state at local shelters. Would you like to be the one who had to decide which one was going to die?
Some people think that neutering their pets may hurt them. Actually, neutering helps prevent some of the harmful medical problems for animals and decreases their chances of getting cancer. Neutering also deters high-risk behavior such as roaming, getting into fights, and mating. So, neutering your pet doesn't hurt -- it helps. Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark their territory. In addition, spayed and neutered pets are better, more affectionate companions.