SPAY & NEUTER
“I wish I could take them all home!” Many animal shelter visitors react with this heartfelt expression of concern for the dogs and cats they see. Unfortunately, none of us have enough room to take them all home. You can help! Spaying or neutering your pet will help decrease the number of unwanted animals that don’t have a home or family to love and care for them.
Through spay and neutering, we all can help reduce the number of homeless pets and increase responsible pet ownership.
WHAT IS SPAYING OR NEUTERING?
Neutering is the surgical removal of certain reproductive organs – in the female, the uterus, Fallopian tubes, and ovaries; in the male, the testicles. Neuter surgery on female animals is sometimes called “spaying.” The surgery prevents females from becoming pregnant and prevents males from impregnating females.
Animals are anesthetized during the surgery to spare them from pain. They typically go home the same day or within a day of the procedure. Neutering is a relatively safe and simple operation, and its potential for helping to save animals’ lives is tremendous.
Some of the BENEFITS TO SPAYING OR NEUTERING YOUR PET
Healthier, happier and calmer pet(s) with less anxiety from sexual frustration
Minimized cancer risk, uterine infections and prostate problems
Fewer diseases and increased life expectancy
Less animal roaming
Less territorialism, marking territory
Less aggressive behavior, better disposition, although not a cure for aggression it will lessen the urge to fight for sexual dominance
Reduction in lifetime veterinary expenses
COMMON MYTHS & MISUNDERSTANDINGS
It is too expensive to spay or neuter my pet.
Misunderstanding: It is far cheaper in the long run than caring for litters.
She should have one litter first, to settle her down.
Myth: Having a litter won’t improve her health or permanently change her personality. There is no medical evidence that having a litter is good for her.
But my pet is a purebred.
Misunderstanding: One in every four dogs brought in to animal shelters around the country are purebred.
My children want to see the miracle of birth.
Misunderstanding: Even if your children are able to see your pet give birth, the lesson your children will be learning is that animals can be created and discarded. Birth usually occurs at night or in seclusion. Instead teach your children that preventing excess births will save the lives of others. Homes for your litter would be homes for unwanted animals in shelters.
If I alter my dog he or she’ll stop protecting my house
Myth: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect its home and family. However, he or she will be less likely to wander off, become lost or hit by a car.
My dog is so special, I want a pup/kitten just like her.
Misunderstanding: Your pet may be a great dog or cat but that does not mean you will get a carbon copy.
Spaying or neutering makes pets fat and lazy.
Myth: That is caused by overfeeding and lack of exercise. Spayed or neutered pets require fewer calories.
Meet our vet
Our in-house veterinarian, Dr. Kyla Krissek, performs many spay and neuters each week to help combat pet overpopulation! In addition to to alterations, Dr. Krissek also administers vaccinations, provides care for and conducts well checks on all shelter animals and performs dental procedures.
She is a Kansas native and attended Kansas State University for both undergrad and veterinary school. She graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and then completed a shelter medicine internship, under Dr. Brad Crauer.
Prior to her appointment at WVHS, Dr. Krissek served as a shelter veterinarian at SPCA of Texas in Dallas.
Her professional interests include internal medicine, disease prevention, and TNR (Trap, neuter, return) programs.
ABOUT OUR LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM
We have designed a low-cost spay and neuter program to help income-qualified citizens alter their pets at a very low cost, that includes vaccinations, microchipping and alteration. These services are performed by our in-house veterinarian and clinic is held on a regular basis on the WVHS campus.
In addition to on-site low income clinics, we host quarterly feline spay and neuter clinics in the community.
Both types of clinics see animals by appointment only, subject to pre-approved, income qualification.
To inquire about an application or donate to this fund, please call (509) 662-9577 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To download an application, click the photo.
Adoption saves one life, spaying and neutering saves thousands. You can help eliminate pet overpopulation. Be a part of the solution. Please spay or neuter your pet.
“Help control the pet population, have your pet spayed or neutered.”