PetSmart Charities shows us how people’s attitudes toward spay/neuter are based on incorrect assumptions.
PetSmart Charities recently conducted a research study to help us learn about America’s attitude toward pet adoption and spaying/neutering. The results expose why the Spay & Neuter Early movement is such an important educational campaign.
The study uncovered a real problem among unaltered cats, showing that 19% of the feline population has had at least one litter. Furthermore, the research shows that 59% of these litters were unintentional “accidents” — a full 10% increase from when this survey was first conducted in 2009!
The main reason respondents chose not to spay/neuter their recently acquired pet, the study shows, was that they believed their pet to be too young. Sadly, it seems that people are becoming less educated about the appropriate time to spay/neuter: in 2009, 34% of participants gave this response, but in 2011, that number increased to 41%. More specifically, it was shown that 72% of recent adopters estimated that pets needed to be 6 months of age or older, or simply didn’t know when the operation was safe. Furthermore, 81% of potential adopters thought 6 months was the earliest age possible, or didn’t know when spaying/neutering was safe.
PetSmart Charities’ survey, therefore, shows how education about the benefits of early spay/neuter has been sorely lacking from our society, and seems to be heading in the wrong direction. It is more important than ever, then, that the truth about early spay/neuter is spread as far and wide as possible.