Balls are for fetching

…. Spay and Neuter your Pets!

I saw this on a t-shirt this weekend at the Great Iowa Pet Expo and I just had to share it with you all.  

It was at the booth for the Animal Protection and Education Charity ( . Then it hit me… I haven’t done a post about affordable spay/neuter programs in the Iowa area.

Not sure about Spaying or Neutering your pet in the first place? Do you feel like you are taking away your dog’s manliness? Read my 7 reasons why I think that you should alter your pet!

1.  Neutering males eliminates their overwhelming desire to mate when they catch the scent of a female in heat. When they catch that scent, they have a mission and one mission only–to find that female and mate with her. That causes them to dig under fences, tear down screen doors, run out in front of cars, and show aggression to anyone or anything that gets in their way.

2. Spaying females eliminates spotting, yowling, and other physical behaviors associated with being in heat.

3. Similarly, neutering males (when done early enough) eliminates their need so spray or mark their territory in your house and on your furniture.

4. Spaying or neutering eliminates the possibility of your dog or cat getting ovarian/testicular cancer, or any other illness associated with the reproductive organs.

5. For both males and females, taking away the overpowering interest in mating makes them better pets for you–they care more about you than finding a mate.

6. The biggest reason of all is that they are not producing puppies and kittens. You don’t have to find homes for those puppies and kittens, take them to the vet, or take care of them until they are big enough to give away.

7. You aren’t contributing to the pet overpopulation problem in this country. 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized EACH YEAR in animal shelters. Sure, your pet is cute, but so are all of those animals that were just put down.

Dogs and cats do not need the “experience” of having a litter. It is not joyful or fulfilling for them. It’s simply biological. You can get them spayed or neutered as early as 8 weeks. In fact, the younger they are, the more quickly they recover from the surgery.

Also, dogs and cats are in no way romantic. They do not experience “romantic love.”   We are not taking anything away when we have them altered. The love they feel is the love they have for their owner. Mating for them is simply biological, it is not romantic.

So my “highlighted” Spay/Neuter charity will be APE, since they were the inspiration for my post in the first place.  Not only do they focus on Spay/Neuter, they also do the “Neuter-a-Tom” event that offers very low-cost neuters for tom cats! APE will be in the following towns (in Iowa). Please contact them for more information ( ! They are always happy to help, especially with farm cats!


So what’s keeping you from getting your dog or cat “fixed?”

Here is a link to help you find affordable spay/neuter in your area.

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Feel free to leave a comment and write of other low-cost spay/neuter clinics in your area! The more we write, the more we can help the pet overpopulation problem!