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All dogs and cats adopted from the Crawford County Humane Society must be spayed or neutered following adoption. A refundable spay/neuter deposit is included in the adoption fee.

Q: What is spay or neuter surgery?

A: Having one's pets "altered" or "sterilized" means the same as spaying or neutering and involves the removal of an animal's reproductive organs.

Q: Are there any health benefits?

A: Absolutely! Your pet will live a happier, healthier and longer life. Spaying and neutering can prevent various medical problems including testicular cancer in males and mammary and uterine cancer in females.

Q: When can my pet have this procedure done?

A: Both spaying and neutering can be performed as early as 4 to 6 months of age. Early intervention not only prevents unwanted litters early on, but it can also provide healthy benefits.

Q: Does neutering alter an animal's personality?

A: Actually, it can bring out your pet's best characteristics and reduce unwanted behaviors.

Q: Will spaying or neutering my pet cause them to gain weight?

A: Since the removal of the ovaries and testicles can affect your pet's metabolism, you should not allow your pet to overeat. Monitoring their diet and providing adequate exercise will keep your pet at an ideal weight, regardless of spaying or neutering.

Q: Will my pet feel pain?

A: The surgery is performed while the pet is under anesthesia, so no pain is felt. During recovery, your pet may experience discomfort but this is brief and controllable with medication.

Q: If I find homes for my pet's litters then I won't be contributing to the problem, right?

A: Only half of the 8 million animals that enter shelter systems each year are adopted. The answer isn't finding homes for your own litters, it's finding homes for homeless pets and keeping your own pets from reproducing.

Q: Can't animal shelters take care of surplus animals?

A: Animal shelters do their best to place animals in loving homes but there are just not enough homes for every homeless animal. When a shelter becomes overcrowded, typically euthanasia is the only humane answer to the growing overpopulation problem.

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