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Why Spay or Neuter?

Have a look at the dogs available in shelters. JUST in San Diego. That's why. Because pet overpopulation is a huge problem in this country - do you really want to be responsible for helping it along, even just by 6 puppies? Shelters euthanize millions of animals each year, because there just aren't enough homes for them, and the shelters fill up so quickly.

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Below are some excuses that people give for not spaying and neutering, and some reasons why you should.

Excuses....

We want a puppy that looks like Rover..

Even when you breed two purebred dogs, the puppies are not necessarily going to completely resemble either of the parents. If the parents are mixed breeds, this is next to impossible.

And if you want ONE puppy that looks like Rover, what are you going to do with the rest of them?

My dog will have no personality once he is fixed

The procedure will not completely change your dog's personality, and any changes that you see will be positive ones. Neutered and spayed dogs tend to be less aggressive and wander less. They also tend to stop marking their territory, so you will have less peed-on furniture!

We can sell the puppies and make some money

A responsible breeder does more than throw two dogs together and rub his hands with glee at the thought of the money. Consider that the cost of breeding and vetting mom and all the puppies may come close to what you may make selling the puppies. And that is with a pregnancy and birth that are completely uneventful. Vet bills for a pregnancy that goes wrong could go into the thousands of dollars. We take in pregnant moms or moms and pups all the time that were dumped at the shelter once stupid people realized that it wasn't all cute clean little puppies and then money hand over fist.

Why You Should.....

Your dog is less at risk from illnesses

Dogs who have been spayed or neutered are at less risk from testicular cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and a whole host of other illnesses.

Don't want contribute to the pet overpopulation crisis

Millions of dogs get put down each year across the country. People think "well, I will make sure that the puppies get good homes...". You can't predict what people are going to do - for all you know they may move house and not decide to take the cute puppy you sold them, and he ends up in the pound.. with thousands of others just like him. Every puppy you produce means that one puppy will die in the shelter because a person bought the puppy from you rather than going to a shelter or rescue.