Spay / Neutering
We spay or neuter every animal which leaves the shelter. This includes puppies and kittens of four months of age and older. There are no real risks beyond those for any surgical procedure and there are great benefits in terms of impacting the pet overpopulation problem. Contracts that ask people to promise to spay or neuter an animal at some future date are often forgotten or ignored and require staff time to follow up. An estimated eighteen million dogs and cats are euthanized in this country each year because people ignore the fact that their pet is contributing to the problem. There are not enough homes for them all. Remember there are health and behavioral benefits to having an animal spayed or neutered. Neutered cats are less likely to spray, neutered dogs are less likely to roam or get into fights. (Note: at least 85% of all dogs killed on our highways are unneutered males). Spayed dogs and cats are free of the risk of developing some cancers and will have a greatly reduced risk of developing others.
No animal organization can properly serve the animals without focusing on the vital need of spaying and neutering. One female dog and one female cat can be responsible for one-half million births in a seven-year period. Since October of 1993, we have assisted with the cost of over 7,000 sterilization surgeries. We expect to become even more aggressive in our efforts to ensure that every dog and cat is spayed or neutered. A natural consequence will be that no unwanted dog or cat will face the perils of life as a stray and the number of animals received at the shelter will decrease. Under Virginia law and City of Danville ordinance, every dog and cat adopted from an animal shelter must be spayed or neutered and every national animal welfare organization supports that requirement. We agree wholeheartedly with that law and are in compliance with it.
We offer spay/neuter assistance to residents of Danville and Pittsylvania County. Please call 799-0843 for information. The program changes at various times.