9,000 pets die every day in shelters. Part of this solution is spay neutering pets and ferals.
It helps prevent Cancer
Spaying your female pets helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.Neutering your male pet prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
It stops spraying/territory marking
Spayed/Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. Un-spayed/neutered 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.
It saves $$$$
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 un-spayed/neutered pet escapes and gets into a fight, is hit by a car, or is permanently lost. There are many low cost spay/neuter clinics - as little as $15. Many shelters have monthly low cost spay neuter days and the fees you pay serve as a donation to help fund the shelter - a win-win situation.
Spay Neuter Resources
Call your local shelter! Most offer weekly or monthly low cost spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip clinics for pets and ferals. The low fee also helps your local shelter keep it's doors open and saving animals! They also usually offer free or low cost rental of have a heart traps and spay neuter for strays and ferals. Ask them!
You can also use this tool from Petsmart to find a low cost clinic.