New pet owners can avoid more paws pattering around the house than they bargained for this June thanks to the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign at the Humane Society of Charlotte’s Spay/Neuter Clinic. It’s sponsored by PetSmart Charities.
During June, the clinic will offer a limited number of Mecklenburg County residents spay/neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under 6 months old. The cost is $20, compared to the $30 - $75 typically charged at the clinic. The offer only applies to the first 200 people who make the appointment.
For details or to make an appointment call 704-333-4130 or visit www.humanecharlotte.org. You must mention “Precious, Not Parents” when making the appointment.
The sooner, the better for pets over 2 months old and weighing more than 2 pounds. There are numerous health and behavioral benefits to spaying or neutering pets early on, said Dr. Stephanie Lee, clinic director.
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Spaying or neutering decreases the chances of developing mammary cancer, testicular cancer, and uterine problems later on. “I see a good majority of (older) animals that come in that aren’t spayed ...with serious uterine infections,” Lee said.
Spaying or neutering also eliminates disruptive behavior associated with pets’ desire to breed, like yowling, fighting and spraying.
On a larger scale, spaying and neutering pets can have positive consequences that reach far beyond a single household. More than 3,200 cats and dogs were euthanized during the 2015 fiscal year at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Division while only 2,272 were adopted.