The reproductive potential of cats and dogs is phenomena. One pair of dogs can lead to over 67,000 offspring in six years. One pair of cats can lead to over 60,088 offspring in six years (Spay USA). Over 6,000 - 8,000 dogs and cats are brought into the shelter or picked up each year. Out of this number, only 20% are reclaimed or adopted (1200-2000 while the remainder are destroyed (4800-6000).
Seventeen million dogs and cats were destroyed in shelters in the 1980's while this dropped to 12 million in the 1990's. In 2005, this number dropped to 4.5 million due to the aggressive spay/neuter programs.
Spayed and neutered animals generally make better, more loyal pets. Neutering does not reduce the animal's sense of protection of his home and pack. Spayed/neutered animals do not become fat and lazy (at least as a result of the operation).
Spaying a female pet can eliminate the heat cycle, end crying and nervous pacing and attempts to escape and stop unwelcome visits by hordes of suitors. Neutering a male pet can stop the mating drive and related fighting, reduce the urge to roam and can end mounting of furniture and people's legs. It also reduces or stops spraying.
Spaying and neutering provide long-term health benefits by providing protection from breast cancer, male genital problems (enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, other tumors), uterine diseases, mastitis (inflammation of the breast), ovarian cysts, and miscarriage and complications of delivery.
The first steps are to spay/neuter your dog. Spayed/neutered dogs are three times less likely to bite. Also, let your dog socialize with children, but never leave a young child alone with a dog. Give your dog a way to get away when he's had enough. Never tie your dog. Children tend to tease tethered dogs. These are a few tips that will go a long way when it comes to dogs and their interaction with children
Teach your children to treat dogs and other animals with respect. Never provoke a dog into growling, barking, lunging or otherwise acting aggressively. Also, teach your children to avoid strange dogs. Teach them about a dog's strong sense of loyalty to his home, and they should never enter someone else's property without an adult when there is a dog there. Children to ask before petting anyone else's dog. Like humans, privacy is important. Children should never be allowed to bother a dog when he's eating, sleeping or in his crate or special spot in the house.
The Beesley Animal Clinic and Beesley Animal Foundation actively promote responsible pet ownership with the welfare and humane treatment of all animals of utmost importance. However, we are not a humane shelter, nor are we set-up for pet rescue or rehoming. Any pets left in abandonment at the Beesley facility will be turned over to PAWS (Pet Adoption and Welfare Services) of Rutherford County, TN and we will assist as we can with finding and prosecuting those responsible.