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"Why should I spay or neuter my pet?"


Chart showing the effects of spay/neuter

There are a lot of people who think, "What's the big deal about spay/neuter? My pet lives inside. It shouldn't matter." Well of course if this was true, there wouldn't be such a high amount of animal abandonment in Middle Tennessee. But unfortunately, that's not the case.


In September of 2023, it was reported by animal rescues that "more pet owners are abandoning their cats and dogs in Middle Tennessee, leaving them to fend for themselves."


And of course, while most of us couldn't ever imagine abandoning our animals, we all know that accidents happen and animals get out. So what happens if these abandoned animals aren't fixed?... They breed in the wild, creating an overwhelming amount of homeless animals. And due to overcrowding in shelters, many of them are euthanized. Spay and neuter saves lives. This is why every animal that comes into the care of MCAS is spayed/neutered before being adopted. This one, small act could truly change the trajectory of many, many lives.


Aside from managing our homeless animal population, fixing your pet has plenty of health and behavioral benefits as well.  Want to learn what those are? Click here.

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