Orange County Animal Services receives thousands of homeless pets each and every year, an indication that pet overpopulation is a problem within our community. Pet overpopulation means that the number of homeless animals outpaces the number of available homes. The problem can be fixed by encouraging pet owners to “fix” their pets, preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.
A spay (for female pets) or neuter (for male pets) is a surgery that prevents them from being able to breed additional pets. This sterilization procedure is beneficial for a number of reasons.
Approximately 75% of the pets coming in to Animal Services are intact, meaning they have not been spayed or neutered. There are pervasive myths about spay/neuter that exist and may discourage pet owners from seeking out the procedure. Here are the facts: