American Humane Association fully supports early (i.e., prepubescent) spaying and neutering. The research on the physical, behavioral, and short- and long-term effects of prepubescent neutering in dogs and cats shows no adverse results. American Humane Association supports this practice as a feasible solution to decreasing pet overpopulation and the tragedy of resulting deaths.
Our position is in line with an in-depth article in the February 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 224, No. 3, pages 372-379). The article discusses the long-term risks and benefits of early-age neutering among cats and reports no association between increased rates of death or medical or behavioral conditions and early-age neutering. An article in the July 1997 issue of this journal reports similar findings for dogs (Vol. 211, No. 2, page 180-182).