by Sarah Hock, Humane Society of Central Arizona
Whether you’ve recently adopted a dog or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is whether to spay or neuter your new pet.
When it comes to “fixing” male dogs, specifically, there’s a lot of misinformation swirling around. (“It’ll make my dog fat” and “it’ll change his personality” are two common myths that we’d like to bust forever!) Some pet parents even express guilt over neutering their dogs or they don’t want to steal their dog’s “manhood.” But trust us, he doesn’t mind, and here’s why:
Neutering provides major health benefits. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male pup prevents testicular cancer and significantly reduces the chance of certain prostate problems as he ages. Don’t worry about your dog being a certain age! If they are 3 months or older, they can safely be altered.
Your neutered male will be more at peace. Neutering won’t affect your dog’s working abilities, friendliness or playfulness! However, it will likely reduce undesirable, sometimes dangerous behaviors including urine marking, attempts to roam away from home, aggression toward other dogs and inappropriate mounting. These things stress everybody out —including him.
He won’t become a deadbeat dad.
Every year, millions of dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. We here at HSCAZ see the products of unwanted litters every day. You wouldn’t want your beloved pooch to be responsible for creating yet another unplanned litter, would you?
The HSCAZ program offers spay/neuter services with a co-pay for pets through voucher programs that can be used through participating local veterinarians. The goal is to continue to reduce the homeless pet overpopulation in the geographic area served by the organization. For more information about our voucher program, please call (928) 474-5590 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Don’t forget! HSCAZ also has a Thrift Shop! Christmas and the winter holiday season has arrived at the Humane Society Thrift Shop & Vintage Boutique! Gift items, decor, trees, lights, clothing and more are available, so beat the rush and save! The store is located at 510 W. Main St.; hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Featured on this page are just a few of the many wonderful pets available for adoption at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, located at 602 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays. Adoptable pets are already spayed or neutered and current on vaccinations. For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit our Web site at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Brindlelynn is a 4-month-old shepherd mix. She is a young and playful puppy full of energy! She is still learning the basics and needs someone to help her learn. She likes to play with other dogs, but because she is a puppy, she is still learning how to make friends.
Zeppelin is a 4-year-old Sharpei/Thai Ridgeback mix who has been at the shelter for a long time! He is a sweet boy who loves attention, but takes some time to develop trust. Once over his initial wariness, he is highly affectionate — pressing his head into your chest or trying to climb in your lap! Zeppelin was having a hard time adjusting to life in a kennel and was losing a lot of weight due to constant stress. We moved him to a crate in our lobby, and his health has returned. He is now crate trained and house trained, and has rediscovered how to play with other dogs. He gets along best with female dogs that are playful and tolerant of his rough play style. Zeppelin would be best in a home without small children.
Splatt is a 10-month-old domestic short-hair who LOVES to play! Just watch your fingers, because they look like toys and he wants to grab them! He has a lot of energy and has a blast reorganizing his belongings! He can go to a home with other cats and older kids.
Talia is a 5-month-old Chihuahua mix. She is a spunky little girl who came to us with a non-contagious but very uncomfortable skin condition that made her a little crabby. After weeks of treatment, she was finally allowed to interact with people and other dogs. What a difference a little time has made! She now acts like the playful young pup that she is! She is friendly with most small dogs, and shares a kennel with her buddy “Nugget.” She is still working on her potty training, but getting better at holding it. And she sure loves to play!
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek are 2-year-old Lynx point Siamese mixes. They are a bonded pair looking to go home together. When they first came in, they were extremely scared and hid themselves away. Once they got used to their new digs they are out, curious, extremely playful and very affectionate. They love to sit in your lap and direct all of your attention to petting and loving on them. If you stop petting them, even for an instant, they are grabbing your hand to pull you back for more.