If you have taken a look at our shelter statistics page, you already know all about the overpopulation issue in Peoria County. The biggest factor in ending pet overpopulation is getting as much of that population spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters of kittens. There are a variety of reasons why some people still feel the need to allow their pet to reporduce, but the truth is that every litter counts. Every kitten that is born and given away for free with no vet care has the potential to go out into the world and result in more homeless cats and kittens. It also takes a home away from a cat/kitten in the shelter that is waiting for a family. Until the population is at a point where there are homes for them all, there is no excuse to let your cat reproduce.
What you can do:
Adopt - If you adopt an animal from a shelter, it will be spayed or neutered before it goes home with you. The procedure is already included in your adoption fee. It costs much less to adopt an animal that is already spayed or neutered than it is to get a "free" one and have it done later.
Talk to your veterinarian - Spay/neuter is a common surgical procedure which your veterinarian can provide for your pet. They can also explain all the health benefits of spaying or neutering if you are uneasy about the process. Once you are fully informed, you can schedule the surgery with confidence.
Find a low-cost clinic - Almost every area has access to some sort of spay and neuter clinic. In Peoria there are actually several different options. Peoria Humane Society is proud to partner with PCAPS to offer "name your price" spay/neuter options for cats and pitbulls (and mixes). This allows Peoria County residents the option of getting their pet fixed for a donation of whatever they are able to pay. For the rest of the breeds, there is a program that costs only $68 to have your pet fixed. To read up on the program funded by the Peoria Humane Society click here. Many other shelters and humane societies have a variety of spay/neuter options. Contact the shelter nearest you to find out about other programs in your area.
Spread the word - Education is so important. Many people do not realize the affect their indoor/outdoor cat can have on the population. Just one pair of unaltered cats can be responsible for approximately 12 kittens in their first year together. That's a lot of adoptions! Check out the chart above to see how quickly it escalates. Be an ambassador and let everyone around you know the importance of getting their cat fixed. Send them to our website to find out the best option for them.