Why it pays to get cats spayed – a message from PETA UK
Homelessness is not just a human problem. Every year, through no fault of their own, countless dogs, cats and other animals in this country find themselves abandoned.
Some are left on the streets to starve to death, be injured or killed by vehicles, fall prey to abuse or suffer from sickness or disease. Luckier animals end up in shelters, where they are cared for and have a chance to be adopted by a loving family – but for many of them, the family they hope for never comes along.
The annual Dogs Trust survey last year revealed that 111,986 strays had been picked up by councils across the UK in the previous 12 months. And recently, the RSPCA warned that it was “full to capacity” after taking in 31,556 cats in just two years.
Animal shelters have no choice but to euthanise many healthy, friendly dogs and cats every year because of simple mathematics: there are too many animals and not enough worthy adoptive homes.
Tackling the crisis of homeless cats and dogs may seem like a mammoth task, but each of us can save lives, simply by making sure that our own animal companions are “fixed” and helping our friends, family and neighbours do the same.
Newborn puppies or kittens take away potential homes from animals in shelters whose lives depend on being adopted. And puppies and kittens can soon go on to have litters of their own if they aren’t sterilised.
Why it’s a good idea to get your cat spayed
Spaying or neutering just one animal can prevent tens of thousands of others from being born into neglect and homelessness. Just one unspayed female cat and her kittens can produce 370,000 cats in seven years, and an unneutered male can father a limitless number of kittens.
Spaying and neutering also make animals less likely to develop cancer of the reproductive system, get into fights and become infected with deadly, contagious diseases such as feline leukaemia and feline AIDS.
See below the impact that one unsprayed cat can have on the feline population:
As comedian and TV personality Alan Carr points out in a cheeky new ad for PETA, there is no “magic wand” that will create homes for all of Britain’s homeless dogs and cats, but simple surgeries – spaying and neutering – are lifesavers.
Together, we can reach the day when every dog and cat has a loving, lifelong home. The way to get there is simple: always adopt animals from shelters – never buy them from breeders or pet stores – and help animals to have a better life by always spaying and neutering.