It’s hard to comprehend the seriousness of pet overpopulation until one learns the facts. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), it only takes seven years for one female cat and her offspring to produce 420,000 cats. In six years, one female dog and her offspring can give birth to 67,000 dogs. While those numbers are astounding, it’s sobering to learn how few of those animals will actually end up in caring, loving homes.

HSUS estimates eight to ten million cats and dogs enter shelters in the United States each year and four to five million of those animals — at least half — are euthanized. The problem is clear: there are too many pets and not enough homes. And not enough humans educated on how they and their pets can be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Spaying and neutering does more than keep unwanted animals from being euthanized. It’s also healthier for the animal. Spaying dogs and cats greatly reduces their risk of breast cancer and helps prevents various reproductive tract disorders. Neutering eliminates testicular cancers and can often help with behavioral problems, such as aggression and spraying.

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