Spaying & Neutering
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A Healthy Pet Starts with Spaying or Neutering
The Pembina Valley Humane Society strongly believes that all cats and dogs should be spayed or neutered. All animals that come into our care are sterilized; since 2002 we are proud to report that we have completed almost 1000 spay or neuter surgeries.
We currently partner with the Morden and Winkler veterinary clinics to help us with our Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program, thanks in part to the activism of the late Dr. Jackie Enns. This program is open to low-income families and individuals; if you are in a reduced income level and cannot afford to have your pet spayed or neutered, you could qualify for a reduced rate through the PVHS.
Why Spay or Neuter?
There are so many reasons why someone should spay or neuter their pet!
- Spayed or neutered pets tend to be more affectionate and calmer; dogs are less likely to bite, attack, or get into fights.
- Spaying an animal gets rid of their heat cycle, which means it also removes nervous behaviours associated with it, like howling and spraying.
- Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce the chances of common types of cancers like mammary, ovarian, and uterine.
- The likelihood of your male pet wandering off or escaping to find a mate will be reduced.
- Spaying or neutering your pet reduces the number of strays or unwanted animals in the community.
- The cost of spaying or neutering your pet is less expensive than raising a litter of kittens or puppies.
Every year, hundreds of unwanted animals are born on farms in our rural areas because owners often don’t want to incur the costs of sterilization surgeries. Because our shelter is often at capacity, we are unable to take in these unwanted animals and, as a result, many animals are “disposed of” in inhumane ways. Please help us advocate for the spaying or neutering of all cats and dogs within the Pembina Valley; their livelihoods depend on it.