Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals is one of the luckiest animal shelters around. We never have to make the heart-breaking decision to euthanize a healthy animal. We have the space and foster home resources to care for the animals who come our way until they find new homes.
Other shelters are not so lucky. Cats, dogs, and rabbits end up in shelters every day because their families can no longer care for them, or because they got lost, or were deliberately abandoned. Since there are more pets in shelters than people looking to adopt a pet, the 2.7 million a year who don’t find homes are euthanized.
Luckily, there is a way for you to help ensure these pets get the full life they deserve: have YOUR pets spayed and neutered.
When you spay or neuter your own pet, you ensure that none of your pet’s offspring will end up in a shelter. Even if you think you can find a home for each kitten or puppy, each of those puppies or kittens takes the home of one already waiting in a shelter.
At Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals we sterilize pets as early as 8 weeks old so they leave the shelter already to go. For your own pet, you can talk to your veterinarian, who will most likely recommend sterilizing a female before her first heat and a male at around 6 months. The reason to have the surgery when the pets are still young is that cats can get pregnant as early as four months old, and dogs as early as six months old, and each can have two to three litters a year. That’s what you call a problem of exponential proportions!
To help solve this problem, call your vet today to have your pet spayed or neutered. It’s the simplest way to save the life of a shelter animal. Each of us can save one . . . but together we can save them all.
If you need financial assistance for this important surgery, just call us: 508-825-2287.