What happens when dogs are not spayed/neutered is that biology
takes its course. Every heat cycle more pups are born.
If there is no one to take care of these pups, they become the
innocent victims of the canine overpopulation problem.
Spaying/neutering is a safe and human method of controlling the
overpopulation problem. Spaying/neutering ensures that every
dog is wanted and will be cared for.
With new partners and new volunteers we have been able to expand
our spay/neuter initiatives and will continue to do so. But
why doesn't everyone spay/neuter? Well, here are some of
myths against spay/neuter.
Myth: Only females need to be altered.
The reproduction process takes two and if your male is not
neutered, he will try his darndest to find a female mate. You
may not be directly affected, but your inaction will contribute to
the overpopulation problem.
Myth: Neutering will change a dog's personality.
The only hormone impacted by a neuter is testosterone, which
causes males to roam and protect or mark their territory.
Males will be less likely to fight and roam after a neuter, however
that is behavior, not personality. Personality is formed more
by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
Myth: Animals become fat, lazy and unhealthy when
Animals become fat and lazy from overeating and lack of
exercise. Neutering allows for better health and a longer
life by reducing the risk of infection and cancer in the
Myth: A female dog will benefit by having one
Having a litter can put a female's life at risk from
complications that may arise from whelping. Not to mention
the unwanted male attention during her 2 heat cycles per
Myth: Fixing my dog interferes with nature.
Domesticated dogs are completely dependent on humans. It
is our responsibility to ensure that they are healthy and cared
for. When you let nature take its course, there are too many
dogs for the number of homes available to care for them. This
is not what nature intended.
Hundreds of unwanted puppies are born each day in Alberta.
Despite rescue efforts, the majority of the overpopulation end up
dying of starvation, disease or are killed.
Be part of the solution - spay and neuter.