Since 2005, PAWS, a 501c3 non-profit organization operating in Leslie and Clay Counties, has helped pet owners spay or neuter over 1000 cats and dogs by providing vouchers that cover a portion of the cost.
Why spay or neuter pets? First, it’s about improving the animal overpopulation problem in Eastern Kentucky, one cat or dog at a time.
Cat and dog overpopulation results in terrible consequences. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner, while of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
But spaying and neutering pets does more than just prevent unwanted animals — it’s good for you and your pet, too! Among the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets, the Sacramento SPCA cites:
- reduced risks of cancer in dogs;
- fewer aggressive behaviors in male dogs, such as fighting and spraying to mark territory;
- elimination of behaviors associated with heat cycles in females, including bleeding, crying and nervousness;
- a reduced desire to wander away from home, which in turn means less opportunity for pets to be lost or injured by cars or other animals;
- and, best of all, more affectionate pets with longer lifespans!
PAWS exists to improve animal welfare by increasing the numbers of spayed/neutered pets in our area, but we need your help to do it! Please consider making a donation to PAWS today!