The ten worst excuses not to spay or neuter a pet are:
one litter and then we’ll have Fluffy spayed.
(Studies show that virtually the entire pet overpopulation stems from the “just one litter mentality.)
- My dog doesn’t run loose, so he doesn’t need to be fixed.
(Murphy’s Law says otherwise.)
- We always find homes for the kittens.
(And that means that an equal number of kittens at the pound will be killed.)
- I want the children to witness the miracle of birth.
(Rent a video.)
- My dog is so cute and unique, there should be more of her.
(The shelters and pounds are full of cute and unique dogs, most with only a few days to live.)
- It’s not natural.
(There hasn’t been anything “natural” about dogs since we began to develop breeds thousands of years ago.)
- I just couldn’t look my dog in the eye if I had him castrated.
(Watch it, you’re anthropomorphiizing.)
- A female dog or cat should have at least one litter for health reasons.
(Medically, factually and ethicaly indefensible.)
- Neutering my dog will make him fat and lazy.
(Too much food and not enough exercise make a dog fat and lazy.)
- Fixing my pet will change its personality.
(The main influences on an animal’s personality are the kindness and care with which it is raised.)