Do Your Part — Spay Or Neuter Your Pets

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by Chandra Cushman

Photos by Rory Hansen

Humane Society of Central Arizona

The Humane Society of Central Arizona and its affiliates are firm believers in spaying and neutering, because it saves lives. Spaying and neutering is very important and there are a few programs locally that can assist you, as well as other programs throughout the state. It is best that you research your options and call the local vets in town for information on the cost of fixing your animal. Vouchers can sometimes be obtained from HSCAZ to help with the cost of spaying or neutering. Though they may not always be available, it is best to contact us to see if we have any vouchers or an upcoming mobile spay/neuter clinic. Four million animals are euthanized a year in the U.S.; please help reduce that number by spaying and neutering. You can also help by adopting your next companion from a shelter or rescue group. Like Bob Barker says, “Please, Spay and Neuter Your Pets.”

Benefits of Spaying

• Prevents pregnancy and the complications arising from pregnancy and delivery.

• Eliminates the heat cycle — you won’t have to listen to the sounds of your female in heat, trying to get out and find a mate.

• Prevents unwelcome males from trying to seek out your female pet in heat.

• Reduces the urge to roam. This makes it less likely that you will lose your pet, which in turn makes your pet less likely to contract a disease, get in a fight, get injured, or become a victim of cruelty, poison or traffic.

• Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress or distraction ... making your pet happier and more content.

• Reduces or eliminates the possibility of disease in the reproductive system.

Benefits of Neutering

• Reduces the distracting and destructive behavior associated with the male’s efforts to get out and find a mate.

• Reduces the urge to roam. This makes it less likely that you will lose your pet, which in turn makes your pet less likely to contract a disease, get in a fight, get injured, or become a victim of cruelty, poison or traffic.

• Eliminates sexual discomfort, distress or distraction ... making your pet happier and more content.

• Eliminates testicular tumors and reduces prostate gland problems.

• In cats, neutering stops or reduces marking behavior (territorial spraying of urine).

• Reduces the urge to fight.

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Featured Pets

Here are just a few of the wonderful pets currently available for adoption at the Humane Society of Central Arizona shelter, located at 605 W. Wilson Court. 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. All adoptable pets are already spayed or neutered and current on vaccinations. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

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Dante

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Keeko

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Lola

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Tex and Rowdy

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Ziggy

DANTE

Dante is a big boy, with an equally big heart. He loves people and will rub up against you, asking for some attention. Dante has lived with cats and likes to play, but prefers a home without dogs. Dante has also lived with older kids and is very affectionate. He likes to meow and talk and isn’t afraid to tell you that he wants some of your time and attention. He seems to get along best with other male cats.

KEEKO 

Keeko is a beautiful girl who enjoys spending quiet time with people. She gets along fine with other cats and has been around children and smaller sized dogs. Keeko loves to be petted, but prefers not to be picked up. She could go to a home with other animals or children, as long as they are easygoing and friendly.

LOLA

Hi there! My name’s Lola and I am desperately seeking playmates! I love to run and romp with other dogs. I can be a little noisy when playing, so dog friends that understand my “language” work the best! I really like cuddling in laps, too. I can be a little shy, but give me a few minutes in the yard and we will be good friends. I recently discovered the joys of tennis balls! I don’t know how to bring them back, but I sure love chasing and chewing on them! I am already house trained and have good manners. But I am young and smart, and would love to learn a few more tricks!

TEX 

I am just a big lug of a guy with a hearty appetite and a fondness for laps! As you can see by my figure, I could use a little work getting in shape! Short walks are great, but I’ll need to work up to longer ones. On the other hand, relaxing on the couch with an occasional scratch on my neck would be just fine! I am pretty picky about my dog friends, and will need a slow, structured introduction to new dogs. But I love my buddy, Rowdy, so if you’re looking for two... I have also lived with cats in the past.

ROWDY 

Despite my name, I am a pretty mellow guy! I like hanging out with my people, and goofing off with my dog buddy, Texas. I am a little... plump, so we’ll have to take it easy on the walks until I get in shape! I could use a workout buddy. And I love fetch! Throw that ball; I’ll bring it back! I will even drop it on command, and sit and wait for you to throw it again. I’m a pretty smart guy! I am pretty picky about my dog friends — most aren’t for me. But every now and then, I make a great buddy like Tex! I have lived with cats, and may be able to go home with them.

ZIGGY 

Ziggy is a ladies’ man! He gets along with some male dogs, but definitely prefers friendly females! Ziggy is great with people and loves to smile big when you pass by his kennel to say hello. He is affectionate and outgoing, and loves soft toys and playing tug of war. And fetch! Toss a ball in the air and watch him take flight! Ziggy is not recommended with cats, but does just fine with kids. Ziggy walks well on the leash and loves to get out and explore. He has a calm, easygoing demeanor with people of all ages.

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