What is spaying and neutering?

Spaying (females) or neutering (males) is the procedure to remove an animal’s ability to reproduce. For female animals, both ovaries and the uterus are removed. For males, both testicles are removed. The animal is under anesthesia for the procedure. 

After the surgery, pets may seem “drunk” and wobble around your living room. The most important aspect of spaying and neutering is preventing self-trama such as licking and over-activity post surgery. 

Why should I spay and neuter?

Every day over 70,000 dogs and cats are born in the United States, while each year over 1.5 million animals are euthanized. There are not enough homes or shelters for these animals.

Last year, SPCA Florida cared for over 4,300 animals, many the result of accidental litters. Not only is the cost for spaying/neutering an animal much less expensive than raising a litter, but it also helps the community by reducing the number of homeless pets. In 2017, SPCA Florida spayed/neutered 7,251 animals, and hopes to increase that number in 2018. Check out our Spay and Neuter Benefits page for more details. 


When should I spay and neuter? 

SPCA Florida recommends spaying/neutering your kittens and puppies at three months of age or three pounds. Your pet will reap more health benefits if she is sterilized before their first heat cycle or while your male pets are young. If you would like to set-up an appointment, please call SPCA Florida at (863) 646-7722. 

Reducing the Number of Homeless Pets

In 2006, SPCA Florida took in an all-time high of 10,000 animals. Our organization diligently works to reduce the pet overpopulation problem through aggressive spay/neuter efforts and education like addressing the myths about spaying and neutering.