Spaying and neutering your cat or dog
What is spaying and neutering?
Neutering is a quick and safe surgical procedure which prevents cat and dogs from giving birth. It is the only 100% effective method of birth control for dogs and cats. Spaying is the term used when the procedure is done on female cats and dogs, and neutering is a general term for the procedure.
Neutering is a very effective and humane way of reducing the number of homeless pets. Large scale neutering programs have been done all over the world by NGOs and progressive governments, and have show to be extremely effective in minimizing the population of homeless cats and dogs as well as ensuring those living on the streets are more healthy.
- Your companion animal can live a longer, healthier life, as well as a lower risk of developing certain types of cancers.
- Having puppies and kittens is stressful and sometimes dangerous for animals. Neutering eliminates the problems and potential risks involved in giving birth.
- Cats and dogs freed from the desire to breed are less likely to run away to look for a mate. Animals that stay home are protected from possibly getting diseases from other animals, hit by cars, being abused, or getting into fights with other animals
- Your cat or dog may be a calmer, more affectionate companion, they can relax and enjoy being part of the family.
There are many myths that circulate about neutering cats and dogs, but here are some facts.
- Neutering will not change the basic personality of an animal, your cat or dog will not suffer any sort of emotional reaction or identity crisis.
- Neutering will not make an animal overweight, this is usually caused by a lack of exercise and care or poor nutrition and overfeeding.
- Pregnancy and motherhood are physically demanding for female cats and dogs, and repeated pregnancies may negatively affect the animals health.
- Cats can become sexually active from as early as four months of age.
- It is not beneficial to your cat to give birth at least once before being neutered.
- Gestation in cats, the length of the pregnancy, is only nine weeks, and a female is capable of mating just weeks after giving birth.
- Neutering does not affect a dogs instinct to be protective of your home and family, a dog's character is formed more by genetics and environment. Once neutered, many dogs are more easily trained as they are able to better concentrate.
Helping homeless animals through trap neuter return
You can help end prevent the suffering of cats and dogs on the street through TNR - Trap Neuter and return.
Basically, this is humanely trapping a cat or dog, taking the animal to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated, safely returning the animal back to the location it was trapped, and providing food and water so the animals that have went through this program can live healthily.
In communities where TNR is widely embraced, the numbers of animals on the streets has declined, and these communities have also seen a reduction in 'problem' behaviors which are often attributed to cats and dogs - mating calls, marking of territories, fighting...
TNR works because it breaks the cycle of reproduction and humanely reduces the numbers of cats and dogs in the environment. If you are caring for animals on the streets, or have found a cat or dog on the street which does not seem to be lost and looking for its owner, we can help. If you commit to providing food and water to the animals once they have been neutered and returned, then Animals Lebanon can help you.
Working with select veterinarians throughout Lebanon,
The Animals Lebanon TNR Voucher program can make this process easier and less costly. Under an agreement with the Lebanese Veterinary Order, this program allows anyone to safely neuter a cat for only , and for dogs. This is a significant reduction in the normal rate and is offered only for homeless cats and dogs.
Once you have your TNR Vouchers, Animals Lebanon may be able to assist with further advice, transport or humane trapping cages.
Get your TNR Vouchers
TNR vouchers are available through this website below, or by contacting Animals Lebanon. The vouchers explain the veterinarians involved in the program, exactly what procedures and treatments the veterinarian will do, and what your responsibilities are when using a voucher. Cats can give birth to dozens of kittens over the course of a year, which we have all seen on the streets throughout Lebanon. Dogs living on the street face the same risks, and are often poisoned or shot.
Get your TNR vouchers now and make a lasting difference for homeless animals.