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Is Your Pet Fixed?

Getting your dogs, cats, and rabbits fixed is important to controlling pet overpopulation in shelters and on the streets. Today is Spay Day USASpay/USA is a national referral network that can direct pet owners to local, subsidized spay/neuter clinics. North only spent one night in the hospital and sported this silly collar to protect stitches from this quick procedure. My pup got neutered when he was just about 1-year-old, what about your pets?

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erinridgeway erinridgeway 9 years
My little cats are both fixed. Fiona was spayed by the Humane Society when I adopted her, but Eliot had to wait until he was 6 months. He was was a sickly stray kitten when I took him in, so I had to wait until he was stronger. My vet is also kind of old-school in that he prefers that kittens be 4-6 months old before they're spayed/neutered, especially if they're indoor cats.
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
Canela is FIXED!
foxie foxie 9 years
I realize that cats that are already born to breeders are in need of homes also. But what you're failing to acknowledge is that rescuing a *shelter* cat instead of a *bred* cat would save *future* cats. Contributing to adoption over breeding would cut down on breeding and, thus, save future cats. Please adopt next time!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
All of my cats are fixed, its so irresponsible not to do so, and i believe its selfish to not fix your pet because you want to breed them, what other reason besides money and superficial reasons are there for breeding a pet? As for shelter vs buying from breeders I cant judge anyone on where they got thier pets, SOme cats have certain personality or physical traits exclusive to thier breed, and people search them out for that reasons. Mandy dont worry about Foxies comments, your a good cat-mommy and every cat needs a good home regardless of where it came from.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
See, the problem is that you don't know about specific breeds. Similar characteristics are intrinsic and very common to see in all dogs or cats of a specific breed. It's genetics. If dogs were completely blank slates, they wouldn't be pack animals and males wouldn't have leader insticts. Cats are the same way; ask anyone who lives with a certain breed and they'll tell you the same thing. Some cats actually like water--no, not ALL cats of that breed will hop in a pool with you, but not all brown-eyed girls have brown hair either. Logically, you have a better chance of finding an animal that you can live with in the way in which you want to live by doing research than you can going to a shelter and saying: oooh this one's cute, or, this one came to be first so there must be meant to be. Not to say we can't form bonds with any type of animal, as strongly whether it was researched or not. As for supply and demand, I suppose the cats that have already been born due to breeding should just die then. You don't get it--until people have to stop breeding, there is a similar "overpopulation" problem with bred cats and dogs also. It's just not as trendy and self-righteous enough to say 'save the purebreds'. Luckily for them, not as many people have to 'save' them. Reputable breeders have it under control and are not the problem. Everyone knows that shelter animals need homes. Everyone knows that, IN THEORY, adopting from a shelter is better than adopting from a breeder. The problem is that if people stopped doing one or the other today, many animals across the globe would die. EITHER WAY. It's a balance that needs to be kept, and THAT is what people need to open their closed-minds to see instead of focusing on the obvious.
foxie foxie 9 years
Do you know how supply and demand works? It doesn't matter when you bought them, the fact that you bought them at all means that you're contributing to the demand (not to mention the trendiness). As far as finding out what breed is most suitable for you, clearly this is just about looks (except for something like determining a pet suitable for someone with allergies), because all cats' personalities vary and it's completely crazy if you're trying to say NO cat at the shelter matched the kind of personality you're looking for. Shopping for a certain breed is sheer vanity. Of course you love your cat, no one is doubting that. But do you love *ALL* cats? That's what's important.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
There are various reasons that people adopt from breeders instead of shelters. Some people do research to find the absolute best match for their lives, and then cannot find that breed in rescues or shelters. It's nice and noble to want to adopt from a shelter, but until everyone at once decides to stop adopting from breeders, they will still be born. My Cupid was in his mommy's belly when I adopted him, and my Opal had already been born; I didn't pay anyone to create them for me. If I didn't get them, someone else would have and we would have missed out on the greatest, most enriching asset to our lives and theirs. There couldn't be a better match than us to them and vice versa. Our perfect pets don't always come to us by perfect means. I find it incredibly hypocritical to sit in judgment about things one knows little about. I take better care of my cats than 90% of people I've ever met, my world revolves around them. God forbid I research and gain knowledge about what is best for me and two puring creatures and then make it happen. My gosh, what would happen to animals in shelters if everyone were so pro-active and responsible? Oh, there wouldn't be any. Guilty...if guilt always felt this purrfect, the world would be a lot scarier than it is.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Both of my dogs are fixed. Kassie was fixed way to young. They lady that had her got her fixed at 2 months :oy: She was already fixed by the time we got her so we had no choice. Jeffrey was fixed at 1 yr.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
of course my cat is! :meow:
foxie foxie 9 years
I'm just pointing out the obvious. You're encouraging breeding, which takes attention and money away from cats who are in need. Your defensiveness on the subject is just guilt.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
There are reasons not to adopt that don't just deal with wanting a purebred or not. My bf and I could have cared less about the breed as long as we could welcome a sweet, loving dog into our home. I'm all about rescuing so we checked out several shelters and applied for adoptions. We were declined every time. They looked at us as a young couple (we're 24), who wasn't married (we've lived together for 2 1/2 years), and lived in an apartment and figured we were unfit to adopt. After 6 months or so, we finally gave up and got our pup from a breeder. He's well fed, well loved, well exercised, and wants for nothing. People often give us a bit of a tude when we say he's from a breeder, but what can I say? We tried. I still give money to rescue centers and will hopefully be allowed to rescue in the future. But we really wanted a puppy in our family and this was our only option.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
While I have rescued all my pets, I don't think it's fair to judge people that buy from breeders or are breeders themselves. Good breeders care about the health of the animals and bettering the breed. Not everyone wants a rescue, some people want a certai dog. My parents had wanted a whippet for YEARS, searched rescue sites and never found one they wanted. So they finally went to a breeder. She's the love of their life. Are they bad people because they didn't rescue a dog? no. I know there are plenty of deserving animals at shelters (that's where I got B-Bop) but that's not what they wanted. Breeders are not the enemy, people will get what they want, rescure or otherwise. It's the irresponsible pet owners that don't realize how much care an animal needs then just dump them. I don't care if I was HOMELESS, I would not give up B-Bop.
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
my 2 cats and my dog are all strays and I can say that I would never buy from a breeder...I live in Hartford and I see SO many stray cats and dogs and I know there are plenty in the shelter...and all 3 of them are neutered!
amers230 amers230 9 years
my big dog was fixed right away as we got her from a humane society and i'm pretty sure they required it asap. our little dog was fixed about a year after we got him. my parents didn't think it was a priority since he's male and he's not really in contact with other dogs, excepting our other one, but in the end they couldn't stand him constantly marking his territory so they thought his being fixed would help. as for the purebred/rescue dog thing, personally i will only adopt cats and dogs from rescues but as long as you're buying from a reputable breeder and not a puppy mill than i don't see a problem with it. it's a free country, you gotta do what you gotta do. i think mutts are cuter :) but i know a lot of people who have their hearts set on a specific type of dog. we got our shih tzu from a breeder because my mom had her heart set on a shih tzu and our local rescues never seemed to have any.
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
There are so many purebred animal rescues and with the increase in pet homelessness shelters around the country are seeing more and more purebred animals come in. There is no reason not to adopt. Until the animal population is under control and big cities, like Miami - where I'm from, don't have to kill animals that are rescued, everyone should be adopting. There is no reason a healthy animal should be put to sleep while people are carelessly letting their animals have babies. Check out the archives at the There was a huge article that made Sunday's paper about how the foreclosure epidemic is effecting pets. It breaks my heart to see how careless some people can be. I'll try to find the link to post.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I agree that it is soooo irresponsible not to fix your pets. I fail to understand why people who are not licensed breeders think they should breed their pets. If you want a purebreed there are plenty of reputable breeders out there. Personally, I would never get a pet anywhere other than the Human Society. But I do understand that some people like their purebreds, in which case there are responsible ways to get them. In fact, there are quite a few purebred rescues out there as well.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
Jeny PLEASE PLEASE fix your dog and do not breed him. If you breed him, you are contributing the problem. I volunteer at a shelter and see the effects of overbreeding/ not fixing every day.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
Raja just got fixed the beginning of this month and did NOT like the cone on her head- she ripped it off and destroyed it after 2 days.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
No my dog isn't fixed because he's a pure bred american bulldog and I plan to breed him after he's 2.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I agree MandyJo. Everyone has the right to buy THEIR dog from a breeder or not. I love all animals and wish I could save them all BUT I buy from breeders. If everyone spayed & neutered, there wouldn't be so many shelters. That is not a good breeders fault.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
Both dogs & both cats are fixed
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Foxie, you can keep your judgment to yourself. What good is coming from you being rude? You don't know my story, and until you are perfect, you are in NO position to pass judgment.
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