Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
Spaying/Neutering is the ONLY way to eliminate pet overpopulation! It addresses the homeless animal problem at its source. Plus, it’s good for you, your pet, and the community!
What do "spay" and "neuter" mean?
Female dogs and cats are spayed by removing their reproductive organs, and male dogs and cats are neutered by removing their testicles. In both cases, the surgery is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.
How is spaying/neutering good for the pet and the pet owner?
Spaying/Neutering can lead to better pet behavior! A spayed female won’t go into heat which will prevent yowling, frequent urination and discharge. Neutered male dogs are better behaved and will not feel the need to mark their territory. A neutered male dog won’t be as inclined to roam in search of a mate; roaming animals can cause vehicular accidents, scare children, and get separated from their homes.
Spaying/Neutering can prevent fights between pets! Fights between pets can be serious, causing deep wounds and transmitting diseases. Neutered males tend to be less aggressive to both animals and people, especially if they are neutered at a young age.
How is spaying/neutering good for the community?
When and how often can animals breed?
At what age is it safe to spay/neuter?
Isn’t it better for my pet to have one litter before I get her spayed?
Isn’t it a good idea for my children to experience the “miracle of birth?”
Will my pet get fat and lazy if she/he is spayed/neutered?
I know I can find good homes for all the puppies/kittens – especially if they’re purebreds – so what’s the problem?
Will spaying/neutering make my dog less “protective” or make my male pet feel like “less” of a male?
My dog/cat is so special! Doesn’t it make sense to want a puppy/kitten just like her?
What if I can't afford to have my pet spayed or neutered?
The Delaware SPCA can help! Delaware residents who are on public assistance (TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps, General Assistance, WIC, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and/or Social Security Disability) can qualify for the State spay/neuter program under which pets can be sterilized for $20. Click here to go to the Delaware Dept of Agriculture website. If you are not receiving public assistance under one of the programs listed above, we still may be able to help with the cost, so please contact us at 302-998-2281.