Homeless Pets and Spay/Neuter

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What is American Humane Association’s view on spaying and neutering animals as it relates to the number of homeless pets?

American Humane Association encourages the veterinary profession to assist whenever and however possible, in reducing the number of homeless pets. This involvement includes supporting the neutering of cats and dogs adopted from public or private animal care and control facilities - thereby controlling the ongoing contribution of offspring to pet overpopulation. Veterinarians should continue to use their best judgment when recommending appropriate sterilization ages for individual cats and dogs owned by clients, especially those clients who are well-known and likely to permit an unwanted pregnancy to occur prior to surgery.

Short-term and long-term health risks for each animal should always be assessed.

American Humane Association encourages research into the development and use of nonsurgical methods of sterilization.

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