Spay/Neuter Community Impact – Over Population is a Killer

During Fiscal Year 2014, Lowndes County impounded 5,531 live animals.

  • 49% were strays
  • 37% were turned in by owners
  • 8% were impounded with known owners
  • 5% were livestock or wildlife
  • 1% were born or impounded on shelter property

Lowndes County Animal Shelter responsibilities involve housing and caring for all impounded animals, while offering suitable animals for adoption or transferring them to rescue.

Last year, 49.6% of impounded animals were:

  • Adopted
  • Rescued
  • Reclaimed
  • Rehabbed
  • Released wildlife

50.4% were euthanized.

Of the 50.4% percent euthanized:

  • 50% had contagious diseases/illnesses or were badly injured
  • 42% had behavioral issues related to aggression or neglect

In comparison, during Fiscal Year 2000, the Lowndes County Animal Shelter impounded 5,287 dogs and cats. Only 10% left the shelter alive.

While current numbers seem overwhelming, they represent a steady increase in the number of animals that are adopted or rescued.

Want to have a positive impact on the pet population in Lowndes County AND improve the health of your pet? Choose spay/neuter.

Benefits of Spaying (females):

  • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
  • Less desire to roam
  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

Benefits of Neutering (males):

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

For more information regarding local low cost spay/neuter programs, contact the Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County, 229-247-3266, or contact your veterinarian.