Myths and Facts

There are many myths surrounding spay/neuter. Make sure you know the FACTS!

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: 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: It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.

FACT: Every litter counts. Medical evidence shows just the opposite–females spayed before their first heat cycle are typically healthier.

MYTH: It’s too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

FACT: SPCA Florida has affordable spay/neuter fees. Trust an agency that takes care of 6,000 orphaned and homeless pets each year; litters are expensive!

MYTH: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

FACT: You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens, but there is still a surplus of animals in the community. And what if the kitten you give away has kittens? Will those animals have a home?

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: I want my dog to be protective.

FACT: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

FACT: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.