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March 13, 2008

Spay/Neuter Week

From Broward County HUmane--

Fort Lauderdale, FL - In an effort to help control the pet overpopulation problem in South Florida, seven local shelters will offer various spay/neuter programs during April 1st - April 8th.

   The South Florida Animal Welfare Association, which is comprised of 10 shelters from Monroe County to the Treasure Coast are working together to encourage pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered.

   While puppies and kittens are cute, the fact is there are simply too many unwanted pets and not enough homes. In fiscal year 2007, the seven shelters who are participating in this effort received nearly 95,000 animals that were either surrendered by their owners or picked up as strays.

   A staggering number that pet owners have the ability to help lower by simply spaying or neutering their pet, a relatively easy procedure that helps reduce the number of unwanted pets and helps protect them from health issues that may develop later in life.

Here are some simple facts:

   An un-neutered male dog can detect an un-spayed female dog in
heat for up to 3 ½ miles away.  As a result more than 80% of dogs
hit by cars are un-neutered males.  Neutering pets makes them
less likely to roam.

   Altering your pet greatly reduces or eliminates the desire for
them to spray or mark their territory.

   A dog or cat that is neutered is less likely to fight with
other animals for a mate or territory.

   You will greatly reduce the chance of testicular and ovarian
cancer if you have your pets altered at an early age.

   Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and
temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or
neutered.

   Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.

   Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer,
healthier lives.

   Don't you want your pet to live as long as possible?

   The seven participating shelters are:  Humane Society of Vero
Beach, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Broward County Animal
Care and Regulation, Humane Society of Broward County, Miami-Dade
Animal Services, Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adopt-A-Pet and
Key Largo Animal Shelter.

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