Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mandatory Spay/Neuter - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

As I've said before, I'm a huge fan of Steve Dale and really appreciate what he and Nathan Winograd have done for cats and dogs in shelters. Their advice also helps our own pets.

Steve Dale discusses why you should be afraid of MSN laws even though he strongly supports spay/neuter programs (as do I), in his blog entitled Mandatory Spay/Neuter (you should be very afraid). Watch Steve speak in depth about mandatory spay/neuter on “Political Update” with Dr. Humphrey Roberts and Dr. Sheldon Rubin, hosted by Paul Lisnek.

Please at least read it and think about it.

If you don't have your pets spayed or neutered because it's too expensive, there are several resources for you. Here's my favorite one:

Low Cost Neuter and Spay -

My favorite low cost neuter/spay in Atlanta, where I live, is CatSnip. They charge $40 for neutering a male cat and $60 for spaying a female cat. I have used them six times now with wonderful results. They travel all over the Atlanta area in a mobile van with a generator and an operating table inside, basically a mobile vet clinic. And best of all, they do pediatric spay/neuter, which were four out of the six spay/neuters I have done with them. It's actually easier on the cat to have it done at a young age. They heal more quickly because it is a smaller incision and smaller surgery and it is less painful. They must be at least 8 weeks old and 2 lbs or 1 kg. They also help out with feral spay/neuter programs all over Atlanta. They have performed over 45,000 spay/neuters. That's an amazing amount and so very helpful to our beloved pets. Kudos to CatSnip!!

-Susan Graham
Aksum Abyssinians

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