What is spay/neuter surgery?

Sterilization surgery is the term for surgically removing the reproductive organs in females (spaying) and males (neutering). Spaying involves removing both ovaries and the uterus. Neutering involves removing both testicles.

Why should I spay/neuter my pet?

70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the US while only 10,000 people are—there just aren’t enough homes for those animals. In six years, one female dog can produce 67,000 puppies and one female kitten can produce 6,778,620 kittens!

Last year SPCA Florida took in over 6,000 homeless animals, many the result of accidental breeding or stray litters. In addition to its cost-effectiveness–litters are expensive!–sterilization packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of homeless pets. It also offers countless health and behavior benefits. Check out our Spay/Neuter Benefits page for more details.

When should I spay/neuter?

SPCA Florida endorses sterilizing (spaying or neutering) kittens and puppies at the age of 3 months or 3 pounds. The most health benefits are achieved if sterilized before their first heat cycle or when males are young.

Reducing the Number of Homeless Pets

In 2006 SPCA Florida took in an all time high of 10,000 animals. Since then our organization diligently worked to reduce the pet overpopulation problem through aggressive spay/neuter efforts and education. In 2011 the Adoption Center took in just over 6,000 animals. We have made huge strides in reducing the number of unwanted animals.

2013 Spay/Neuter Achievements

  • 14,065 animals were sterilized
  • 4067 SPCA Florida adopted pets were sterilized