Why it is important to spay & neuter

Be part of the solution and get your cat fixed! By spaying and neutering the cats in our community, we can prevent unwanted litters and save thousands of lives. We can also reduce the numbers of cats and kittens coming into our shelters each year.

Spaying and neutering also reduces the risk for numerous health problems, including certain types of cancers.

Did you know that kittens can have kittens? Cats can start mating as early as six months of age; an unaltered male can father hundreds of kittens a year, and an unaltered female can produce up to three litters a year. With nearly 23,574 cats and kittens entering our area shelters in 2010 alone, we need to reduce the birth of kittens in the greater Portland metro area. There are not enough homes for them all!

Altering your cat will greatly reduce the risk of unwanted behaviors, such as yowling, spraying or whining and will make your cat a much happier companion. It keeps outdoor cats closer to home, reducing roaming and cat fights that result from seeking a mate.

For a humorous view of how your cat views this issue, watch this great music video created by the Alliance for Humane Action.