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Metro Animal Services Celebrates World Spay Day

Monday February 24, 2014

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is joining the Humane Society of the United States and animal welfare organizations throughout the world in an effort to shine a spotlight on the importance of spaying/neutering companion animals and community cats.

Pet overpopulation continues to be a concern in Louisville Metro and has a direct impact on shelter population.

“Spaying and neutering pets has so many benefits,” said LMAS Senior Manager Margaret Brosko. “It’s one of the most important health decisions a pet owner can make. Not only does it reduce risks of cancer and other diseases, it also can improve your pet’s behavior and prevent the desire to roam in an effort to find a mate.”

LMAS works closely with their ASPCA community partners, The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and Alley Cat Advocates, on this initiative.

Pet owners and community cat caretakers have many low-cost spay/neuter options. For more information, contact LMAS (502) 361-1318, the KHS Snip Clinic (502) 636-3491 or Alley Cat Advocates (502) 634-8777 for details.

In an effort to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Spay Day on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, LMAS will offer $9 adoption specials to any current altered pet owner who is looking for a new playmate and family member. The adoption special includes all animals six months and over Tuesday, February 25 - Friday, February 28, 2014.

Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter:

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.

Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.

While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!

4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.

An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.

Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.

Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not spaying or neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

7. It is highly cost-effective.

The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered pet escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.

Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.

Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.

Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

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Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is the only open intake shelter in Louisville Metro. LMAS is committed to caring for the over 10,000 animals that enter the facility every year and giving them a second chance through adoption, rescue, reunification with owners and much more. The department is dedicated to educating and reaching out to all members of the community to make sure responsible pet ownership and compassion are at the forefront. LMAS has a fundamental mission to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of animals and provide quality customer service to the public.

In 2012, the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced Louisville was selected as its 2013 Partner Community. The three partner organizations—KHS, LMAS and Alley Cat Advocates, are working together to save more animal lives.