ASHEVILLE, N.C., JUNE 25, 2013 – When asked, “When is the best time to spay or neuter pets?” 72% of people in a survey* either gave the wrong answer or said they didn’t know.
That’s why the Humane Alliance in Asheville, North Carolina, the national leader in providing early spay/neuter training to veterinarians and clinics, has rolled out the “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda,” a Spay/Neuter Early, Humane Alliance Campaign, on June 26.
The national campaign kicks off in Asheville with support from spay/neuter clinics in 59 cities, including Charlotte, N.C., Springfield, Ill., and Oklahoma City, OK. The goal is to unite clinics everywhere with one message to pet owners – fix your pets by 4 months old because it’s safe and easy to do and will help prevent accidental litters from being born.
Of the pet owners who admitted their pets have had at least one litter, 59% of cat owners and 38% of dog owners say those litters were “unintentional” and “accidental.”
Oops! “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” gotten those puppies and kittens fixed sooner, says the Humane Alliance.
The national campaign “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” is designed to address procrastination by dispelling myths, providing facts, and giving pet owners a place to search for low-cost spay/neuter clinics in their communities.
Plus there will be lots of fun videos and sharables online that clinics and pet owners can circulate on social media sites to motivate people to get their pets fixed.
“Most people don’t want to deal with females going into heat, which can be messy, males who roam and spray, and unplanned litters they have to care for and find homes for,” says Aimee St. Arnaud, Extreme Project Manager for the Humane Alliance in Asheville, North Carolina, a national spay/neuter training center. “We hear people say all the time they ‘woulda’ gotten their pets fixed, if only they knew when to do it. But if they wait too long, then it’s too late and accidental litters are born.”
Sadly, it’s not just pet owners that are impacted by these accidental litters either. “These ‘oops’ litters keep our animal shelters full,” says Dr. Boyd Harrell, DVM, veterinary spokesperson for the Humane Alliance “We really need people to understand that cats and dogs can get pregnant much earlier than most people think with some cats going into heat as early as four months and some dogs by five months. Litter mates can reproduce with each other as well adding to these accidental litters. If people know when to spay or neuter their pets, these accidental litters may all but disappear, making a huge difference in the number of animals entering our nation’s animal shelters every year.”
To learn more about the Humane Alliance’s “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda” campaign, to find a spay/neuter clinic, or to learn how individuals can help spread the word, visit www.WhenToSpay.org.