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paw imageSome Shocking Statistics
paw imageWhat Do “Spay” and “Neuter” Mean?
paw imageWhy Spay or Neuter?
paw imageMyths and Facts about Spay/Neuter
paw imageThe Hill Country SPCA Spay/Neuter Program
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Some Shocking Statistics


An estimated three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year.

In fact, depending on the source, the number of pets euthanized annually is estimated to be as high as eight to ten million.

The cause is pet overpopulation.

Do you need another reason to spay or neuter your pet?

OK. Here are a few more:

Each day, 10,000 human babies are born in the US, and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born.

To provide a home for these animals, each person in the US would have to have seven pets.

In reality, there will never be enough homes for all the animals born in this country.

The pet overpopulation problem in our state costs the taxpayers of Texas $20 million annually for animal control.

dogIn 3 years, one female dog and her brood can produce 512 puppies. In 6 years, the number is 67,000 puppies.

In 3 years, one unsprayed female cat and one intact male cat can produce 382 kittens. In 7 years one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats.

The pet overpopulation problem is real.

Because of it, millions of animals that could be loving family pets are killed each year.

Millions of others are abandoned and run wild, often to die an early death because of disease or under the wheels of a car.

Why are they being killed and abandoned?

Because their caregivers, the ones who have sworn to love and protect these animals, are not spaying and neutering their pets.

What Do Spay and Neuter Mean?

A female dog or cat is spayed by removing her ovaries and uterus.

A male dog or cat is neutered by removing his testicles.

In both cases the operation is performed while the pet is under anesthesia.

These procedures prevent animals from being able to reproduce.

Why Spay or Neuter?

The only solution to the pet overpopulation problem - and the pet euthanasia and abandonment problem - is to spay or neuter companion animals.


In addition:

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for Your Pet

Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.

Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer.

Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You

Spaying and neutering makes for better, more affectionate pet companions.

Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.

Neutering makes males less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.

Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.

Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle, which can last six to 12 days, twice a year, in dogs and six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats.

Spaying and Neutering Are Good for Your Community

Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.

Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.

Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.

Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.

Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.

Myths and Facts about Spay/Neuter

Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.

Fact: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

Myth: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.

Fact: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

Myth: It's better for her to have one litter first.

Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.

Myth: My children should experience the miracle of birth.

Fact: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth — which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion — the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults.

Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.

Myth: But my pet is a purebred.

Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred.

Myth: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

Fact: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables.

But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost — a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits.

Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.

The Hill Country SPCA Spay/Neuter Program

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The Hill Country SPCA sponsors a Spay/Neuter Voucher Program each year to assist pet owners in the community obtain low cost or no cost spaying or neutering for their pets.

How does the Spay/Neuter Voucher Program work?

Each year, the Hill Country SPCA receives spay/ neuter funding in the form of donations or foundation grants.

The Hill Country SPCA uses this money to fund its Spay/Neuter Voucher program, which assists those who do not have the ability to pay for sterilizing their pets.

Pet owners needing assistance to pay for spaying or neutering their animals can pick up a Spay/Neuter Voucher at the Trudy Brune Hill Country SPCA. There is no cost for the voucher.

However, if a pet owner can pay a portion of the spay or neuter cost, we request that he or she make a donation to the HCSPCA Spay/Neuter fund in exchange for the voucher. Even $5 helps.

The pet owner then takes his or her pet and the voucher to one of our participating local veterinarians and uses the voucher to “pay for” the procedure.

The veterinarian completes the voucher describing the animal and type of procedure performed and returns it to the Hill Country SPCA.

The Hill Country SPCA then pays the vet directly.

Since its beginning in 1997, the Hill Country SPCA has paid for the spaying or neutering of more than 4726 companion animals in the Fredericksburg and Gillespie County community.

Animal Friendly License Plate

Animal Friendly Plate

One of the many specialty license plates offered by the State of Texas is the “Animal Friendly” plate.

From the $30 specialty plate fee, $22 goes to the Texas Department of Health to make grants to eligible organizations like the Hill Country SPCA that sterilize animals owned by the general public at minimal or no cost.

You can purchase an “Animal Friendly” license plate from the State of Texas. See www.dot.state.tx.us

Make a Donation for the Animals in Our Care

We spend more than $50 a month to provide food, shelter, and medical attention for each animal in our care.

If you would like to help us, please visit Help the Animals to make a secure online donation.

The Hill Country SPCA respects the privacy of its donors and does not sell or exchange any donor information.

Remember…. It’s all about the animals!

The Hill Country SPCA
2981 South Highway 16
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 990-9085