Why Spay/Neuter?

The reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered are endless. From ending pet overpopulation and homelessness to offering your pet many health benefits, spay/neuter can truly lead the way to a better tomorrow for your pet and many other pets too!


Ending Pet Overpopulation & Homelessness

  • 6-8 million pets enter animal shelters each year.
  • 3-4 million pets die in those shelters.
  • The United States is facing a severe pet overpopulation crisis as a whole and spay/neuter is the only way we will overcome it.
  • Each Summer, HSSM experiences “Kitten Season”, in which hundreds of kittens flood the shelter at once. Most of these kittens are born at the same time because cats breed based on the weather: long days and warm weather are their triggers that it is time to have kittens.
  • Spay/Neuter is the only way we will be able to overcome the pet overpopulation crisis that plagues our nation, but that is particularly poignant in our community.

Please click here to find out more about how you can get your own pets fixed or consider donating to HSSM’s SNIP Fund so that we may continue offering low-cost spay/neuter.


Health Benefits

The health benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered are numerous. Here are just a select few:

  • Spayed or neutered pets live an average of 2 years longer than unfixed animals.
  • Spay/Neuter reduces and totally eliminates some forms of cancers and certain types of infections that can be life threatening.
  • Spayed or neutered pets are less likely to roam, which in turn decreases lifetime emergency veterinary costs due to lessened chances of being hit by a car or going missing.
  • Spay/Neuter eliminates the health risks associated with a female pet giving birth.

Not quite sure? Or maybe you’ve heard that it’s better to let your pet have JUST ONE litter before being fixed? Or that a spayed or neutered dog won’t hunt? Click here to review many of the more popular but inaccurate myths surrounding spay/neuter.


Behavioral Benefits

  • Spayed or neutered pets are less likely to roam, decreasing their chances of being hit by a car or going missing.
  • Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to take part in nuisance behaviors like mounting, urine marking, and yowling.
  • Spayed female cats and dogs do not go through the draining emotional toll of the heat cycle.
  • Spay/neuter can reduce or eliminate fighting amongst male cats and aggression in dogs.

Spay/Neuter Myths


Our Mission

The mission of the Humane Society of South Mississippi is to save and enhance the lives of pets through cooperative and innovative approaches to adoption, spay/neuter, sheltering and community engagement.

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