It’s good news for dog and cat enthusiasts, as well as others who don’t like stray animals loitering around their house. The U.S. has seen a massive increase in the number of spay or neutering procedures as outreach and subsidization programs.
Right now, there are around 12.6 million spay/neuter surgeries performed on cats and dogs every year according to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs. Most shelters also have requirements that any adopted animal be spayed or neutered immediately after adoption, or the shelter sets up the surgery themselves.
Cat reproduction rates can be significantly higher than dog rates, making it critical that any cat taken in as a pet gets the surgery done within a reasonable time frame. Many cities even have feral cat sterilization programs that work to spay or neuter feral cats, helping to curb the population of cats outside of traditional human care.
Those spay …