Spay-Neuter Information

Street Dogs in Costa Rica

The Current Situation

As it stands, there are more animals available for adoption or on the street than there are homes for them. There is still a significant segment of the human population that has not sterilized their pets. When you consider that an unaltered female pet and her offspring have the potential to produce 17 new animals in two years, 55 in three years, and 175 new animals in four years and so on. The number reaches over 5,000 at seven years. It becomes clear there is a crisis on our hands. This is why SASY! is passionate about educating the population about the benefits of spay/neuter clinics as well as educating Costa Rica about animal care and pet adoption.

Motivation and Economics

Two issues are important for determining whether people have their pets spayed or neutered: motivation and economics. People with unaltered animals most commonly answer “Haven’t had the time to do it yet” when asked why they have not yet fixed their animals. A similar lack of initiative has been found in poorer populations with the top two reasons given include “I haven’t gotten around to it” or “It costs too much!” This reasoning has been given for both cat and dog owners. These two issues can be eliminated, and the number of fixed dogs and cats increased. SASY! will bring low-cost spay and neuter clinics to Costa Rica to help eliminate economic limitations.

Myths and Facts About Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

MYTH: It’s better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.

FACT: Every litter counts. Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.

FACT: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the thousands of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.

FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats — mixed and purebred. About half of all animals entering shelters are euthanized.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.

FACT: It is a dog’s natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.

FACT: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.

FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise.

MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

FACT: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. Even professional breeders cannot make this guarantee. There are shelter pets waiting for homes that are just as cute, smart, sweet, and loving as your own.

MYTH: It’s expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.

FACT: Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services all over Costa Rica. There is not a clinic that will turn you down no matter how little can afford.

MYTH: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.

FACT: You may find homes for your pet’s puppies and kittens. But you can only control what decisions you make with your own pet, not the decisions other people make with theirs. Your pet’s puppies and kittens, or their puppies or kittens, could end up in the streets and join the many that suffer. Will they be one of the lucky ones?

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