Neuter and Spay Before Adoption

Many shelters are altering young animals before new owners take them home. This procedure is having a positive effect on animal overpopulation.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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KittenMany shelters across the nation have adopted Neutering Before Adoption (NBA) policies. According to American Humane Association information, sterilizing kittens and puppies as early as they can be adopted means shelters can ensure that adopted animals will not contribute to pet overpopulation. Valuable staff and volunteer time also is saved in following up on spay/neuter contracts that are difficult to enforce.

"Neutering before adoption is probably the most important policy a shelter can have to make sure its adopted animals do not contribute to the problem of homeless pets," says Esther Mechler, founder of SPAY/USA, a national low-cost spay/neuter network.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Colo., experienced a significant reduction in the number of kittens entering the facility after establishing an NBA program. "Even better, we have seen a reduction in the number of animals we have to euthanize," Jan McHugh, the society's executive director, reports in "The Case for Early Neutering," an AHA video. "We feel it is attributed to the early spay/neuter program we implemented," she adds.

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Faye    Destrehan, LA

2/22/2010 12:34:01 PM

Excellent article, and I COMPLETELY agree with this policy. That way the shelter does not end up with more kittens, or worse yet, the mother cat and her kittens returned

Nicole    Geneva Switzerland, AL

10/1/2007 8:47:22 AM

Hi CatLovers,
I am a Canadian living in Europe and competely agree with early neutering/spaying. I wish Europe would catch up with this norm and uncruel act.
All the dogs here are very agressive. I have just sent my Bengal kitten 6 months today to be neutered. The vet wanted to wait until 7 months. I wanted this done for both my cat's and mine's peace of mind. I am feeling guilty skipping a month but know this is just EU peer pressure.

Kristen    Jenkintown, PA

5/29/2007 7:00:06 AM

Early Spay/Neuter is the way to go! We are a new rescue - but we firmly believe in adopting out nuetered animals only! Many people believe that you have to wait a long time before neutering a kitten - but our vet will do adoptable kittens as early as 12 weeks old if the kittens are healthy and a good weight!

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