When we opened our doors in 2007, we chose to partner with the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter to reduce the number of dogs and cats coming into the shelter and increase the number of pets adopted into homes. While everyone knows how important adoption is in saving lives and reducing needless euthanasia, not as many are aware of the important role spay and neuter plays in saving lives.
I’m often asked, “How does spay and neuter save lives if it’s all about sterilizing a pet?” The simple answer is that it prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens, many of whom will end up in the shelter. We’re still in a place in Oklahoma where there is an abundance of puppies and kittens entering our local shelters and, when the weather gets warmer and breeding cycles are at their peak, the number of puppies and kittens born increases dramatically.
Reducing the number of puppies and kittens entering the shelter allows for more time and resources to be allocated to the care and placement of dogs and cats still awaiting adoption in the shelter. This ultimately means more lives can be saved.
Success in animal welfare isn’t about one or the other. I always say that adoption and spay and neuter are equally important because they both allow us to reduce needless euthanasia, and we need both to have the greatest impact.
This year, we plan to sterilize 13,000 dogs and cats through our OK Humane Place Spay+Neuter Clinic. Just imagine the litters that we’ll prevent by doing that. In total since 2007, we’ve spayed or neutered more than 70,000 pets. That’s a whopping number!
We know the work that you help us do every day is making a difference because the number of animals entering the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter has steadily declined year-over-year since 2007. All in all, spay and neuter DOES save lives!
For the animals,