If you’ve adopted a new pet and haven’t gotten them fixed or are going to get a new pet and haven’t considered getting them fixed you need to as soon as they are big enough. It’s better for them and better for you. For them they tend to be more on edge when not fixed because whether they are male or female they have one thing one their mind other then food and that is mating. They are also not as cuddly and loving as they would be if they were fixed. Mating for them is very stressful because there is a lot of fighting especially with males, so their life expectancy tends to be anywhere from 2-6 years. They are out at night and if coyotes don’t get them a car hitting them or a cruel person will.
For you leaving your pet unaltered can be costly with always having to bring them into the vet because of injuries, bite wounds and then there is the unwanted kittens or puppies, what do you do with them? You can’t find homes for all of them continuely. Taking them to the shelter most often leads to death because they just don’t have the funding to take care of all the unwanted pets and rescues get inundated with kittens and puppies until they have to say we can’t take anymore in now. Then some people just turn them out on the streets to fend for themselves or even throw them out in dumpsters or on the freeways. It’s sad people can be so cruel and careless but this is the world we live in and this can be avoided by simply fixing them. Many shelters offer vouchers for people who can’t afford some of the high costs that many vets charge. They can also guide you to low cost clinics if you just call the shelters and ask. Here in the Los Angeles area, in Burbank there is a place called Fixnation that will fix a male for $30.00 and female $40.00 and with the shelter vouchers of $20.00 you only pay $10.00. Vaccines are about $8.00 to $10.00 each. They even have a little clinic there now too.
So I ask you to please, please fix your pets and pass the word to any other family members and neighbors so we can keep our pets happy and safe it actually doesn’t take much money or effort.