The Crisis

Did you know that cats and dogs can get pregnant as young as four months old?

Let’s debunk the old myth about waiting till pets are six months old to spay them.

What is the leading cause of death of dogs and cats in the US?

Due to being unwanted, euthanasia remains the leading cause of death of dogs and cats in the US. Between seven and eight million unwanted dogs, cats, kittens and puppies enter U.S. shelters each year. Over half will be euthanized.

Which areas are in need of help the most?

Rural areas have some of the biggest problems and usually have the fewest resources with which to address them. Remote spay/neuter programs help animals and the communities they live in. They aren’t the same as the big clinics in urban areas, they require different approaches to community outreach and clinic operations to make them work. Spay FIRST! is here to help! Issues facing people in chronic poverty impact the animals that share their lives. That’s why Spay FIRST! needs your support to help create spay/neuter programs in the most needy areas of our nation.

Addressing overpopulation by building shelters is a costly, outdated approach that leaves millions of unwanted animals out in the cold.


life expectancy of street dogs


world-wide street dog population


age at which cats can become pregnant

Why do households delay having pets spayed or neutered?

Households earning under $35,000 per year often delay having pets spayed or neutered due to a lack of resources…and over 40% of US households earn under $35,000 per year.

Is there statewide coverage of spay/neuter programs?

Statewide coverage of low cost spay/neuter programs exists in less than ten states; many households have nowhere to go to get a pet spayed affordably before an accidental litter is born.

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