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Poll From: 06/29/2013

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Do you think that everyone should spay and neuter their pets? Submitted By TheLorax113, PA
Yes.
No.
I'm not really sure.
I don't really care.
What is spaying/neutering?
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AprilSpringMoney
on 06/02/14
Always
Gader1
on 04/27/14
If we do, there won't be any more pets
Chloe103
on 09/11/13
Yes. There are so many animals just euthanized because of overpopulation in shelters
leogirl817
on 07/12/13
There should be a "It depends" option.
courtneyjj1
on 07/03/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
Overall yes everyone should. I think you should have a special permit to NOT be required to for approved breeders etc. Protect the innocence of animals that are born into bad situations.
sammy0354
on 07/01/13
sarahv123 and 1 others liked this  
If everyone did we would eventually not have pets anymore. It would be awhile, but it would happen.
Cmora69
on 06/30/13
I don't care
stairway220
on 06/30/13
christiejb liked this  
I've met people who breed dogs responsibly--looking for good genetic variance, 2 parents with good temperament, good vet care for mom and babies, only selling to good homes. I know how much they love it and, as Ladybug1969 says, if everyone altered their animals, there wouldn't be any more.

However, leaving an animal intact because you don't want to pay for the surgery is, IMO, really shortsighted and cruel. Leaving an animal intact because you believe a ball-less dog makes you less of a man...oh, please!

If you're leaving your animal intact because yyou want it 'natural'...well, these things are also natural:
x Leg humping or humping other animals
x Menstruation
x Behavior changes when a female is in heat
x Uterine infections
x Breast and testicular cancer
x Phermones of your female attracting stray males to your yard
x Spraying and marking territory with urine
x Roaming away from home
x Aggression
stairway220
on 06/30/13
Is that what you want for your animals? Until the population of cats and dogs declines so much that lack of animals, rather than lack of resources, is the animal rescue community's #1 problem, *please* talk to your vet about spaying or neutering your animal companions. If your reason for leaving them intact doesn't include responsible breeding with lots of consideration for their and their babies' health, development, and future good homes, you probably should alter them.
Ladybug1969
on 06/30/13
everyone can't spay & neuter their pets or soon we wouldn't have anymore...but unless they are going to be responsible about breeding they should...
stairway220
on 06/30/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
If you go to a shelter, you can find *all sorts* of dogs, cats, and often other small mammals...adult animals, young animals, older adult animals (good for people with less time or energy to walk a dog), and kittens/puppies. If you prefer a purebred, you can often find a rescue organization near you that works with that specific breed and can connect you to a homeless animal of your favorite breed. We are so far from 'not having anymore' that we don't need to worry about population decline if too many people alter their animals. We need to worry about the opposite--homeless animals and overburdened shelters due to overpopulation.
ksaunt
on 06/30/13
triathlon29 and 2 others liked this  
If you can't afford to spay/neuter you should not have a pet!! If you think I am wrong go volunteer at a shelter...
Ambo5460
on 06/30/13
stairway220 liked this  
Unless they have a Dept of Agriculture to breed and sell the puppies, then they should spay and neuter their dogs and cats. This is the responsible thing to do to help with the overcrowding of animal shelters. Dogs and cats are euthanized daily because of irresponsible owners. If you want to breed, then be a responsible breeder. This means getting your breeding dog's eyes, hips, and elbows certified (to prevent breeding of genetic conditions),, offering a guarantee on all animals sold, screening homes, not breeding until the female reaches two years old, stopping breeding once the female is eight years old, and spraying her as soon as you quit breeding her, also only allowing her to have one litter per year, skipping one heat cycle per year. If you can do all of these things, then you're breeding for betterment of the breed. Otherwise, they need to be fixed.
Karja
on 06/30/13
stairway220 liked this  
Do you know what USDA requires for dog breeders? Bare kennels that can be sanitized, no in home raising with the socialization that comes with it. No socialization with other dogs or animals. It's pretty absurd that they don't allow for flexibility. Most hobby breeders who health test, show, work, socialize their dogs and are breeding for the betterment of the breed aren't USDA licensed. Many USDA licensed facilities are puppy mills and commercial breeders. Not all, but many. It's because breeding methods and animal husbandry vary widely. The USDA really should stick to livestock though. >.>,,
RonaldCaniza
on 06/30/13
Timeg20 liked this  
Esta muy bien, sería la única manera de que se impida una sobre-población de animales y que luego sean sacrificados la mayoria
dhfhs2
on 06/30/13
stairway220 and 3 others liked this  
This poll is forgetting about people who breed animals.
chermurph
on 06/29/13
Timeg20 and 1 others liked this  
I think its up to the owners. You can't force people to spay and neuter.
Ambo5460
on 06/30/13
stairway220 and 4 others liked this  
Actually you can. Many states have regulations for this now. If you do not have a breeders license, you have to spay or neuter your pet or pay a huge fine
joekho
on 06/29/13
stairway220 and 4 others liked this  
Pet spay-neuter studies spotlight health risks, benefits
http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=27205
For those unfamiliar with VIN.com, this is an online veterinary forum run by veterinarians for veterinarians.
Ambo5460
on 06/30/13
Are you a veterinarian?
People have to go to vin's partner site if they aren't affiliated with a veterinary clinic I believe.
ahmedalsaray
on 06/29/13
KmoLove and 3 others liked this  
people these days care about animals more than they care about humans look at how people are dying everday in Africa Bcuz of hunger
laciejay
on 06/29/13
people do not actually care about people nowadays. they care about everything else but people.
Butterpops
on 06/29/13
I like the way you think
farmwife1
on 06/29/13
CleverCat and 5 others liked this  
We farm and don't fix ours--but they are "working" pets. The barn cats serve a purpose--they kill the mice, snakes and birds that get into the grain. Our dogs, work the cows (and the dogs are great at also training their pups to do it). Just because they are not fixed, doesn't mean we don't love or care for them. We spend a ton each year on them taking them to the vet, getting their shots, and worming them, as well as providing them with a nice heated area inside the barn.
stairway220
on 06/30/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Here is a thread from yahoo answers re. altering barn cats. Most of the farmers weighing in agree that altering does nothing to decrease their effectiveness as hunters:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080228165519AAZBZHH

Many of the contributors on this thread about working dogs think that dogs who are fully mature at 2 years (24 mos.) should then be altered. (Be careful--dogs can get pregnant or father puppies at only 5 months):
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081113085236AAJXjO9
Ambo5460
on 06/30/13
triathlon29 liked this  
Ugh. Ever heard of pyometra? It kills dogs and cats all the time. Ever heard of breast cancer? Kills dogs all the time. They'd still work if you got them fixed
WolfearedSwagger
on 06/29/13
honeylore1985 and 1 others liked this  
EXACTLY HOW I FEEL! I will never understand how mutilating an animal means you love them - the very idea makes me go 'WTF?'
Not only that but s/n take away from a animals natural instincts, alters their mental state and can give them future medical problems..
It essentially RUINING a pet.
Think about it- what would happen if you s/n a person at sexual maturity age? You'd have many sociological and medical problems as a result no doubt. People do this because (a) brainwashing and (2) they get wheeled in by the 'benefits' which are really code for convenience (ie; dont wanna deal with your cat in heat? snip it,). I see it this way; if you can't handle a intact animal (the way nature intended) then you dont need to own one - simple.
christiejb
on 06/29/13
stairway220 liked this  
All of those claims are false.

My two dogs are fixed and nothing negative arose from it at all.
It actually corrected dominance behaviors that are typically present in intact male dogs.
No weight gain, no personality change.

Most of the time, the real reason people don't want to spay/neuter is because they are cheap.
tammyid
on 06/29/13
stairway220 and 1 others liked this  
No, not "everyone". I don't think owners of purebreds and breeders would like that. LOL! :-D But, I think most other ppl should.
vikkic
on 06/29/13
Although they get a "drooping belly" from the surgery, I think it is important to neuter then. The only animals that should be left "intact" are ones that will be used for breeding.
divi2012
on 06/29/13
yes yes
doc777jerry
on 06/29/13
Comment Under Review
aanderson122709
on 06/29/13
stairway220 and 1 others liked this  
I fix my pets because I can't stand to live with an intact animal. And they are less likely too have reproductive cancers.
Auntynae
on 06/29/13
laciejay and 1 others liked this  
I was going to say that yes, most everyone should spay and neuter their pets. With the exception of one female dog, I have spayed and neutered my pets.

After reading the comments, I see that some people don't want to. If you can reasonably take care of all animals born because of your choice, then don't. If you can't then try to have them fixed. I realize that sometimes money is an issue and being poor doesn't mean a person is a bad pet owner. I raised two kids and many pets being less than rich and I know it is hard and I know that I wanted to do what I thought was correct and fix my animals. Thankfully there were some programs out there that helped.

And like many other people, I did get two of my dogs from the pound and most of my cats were found or given to me from friends whose cats had kittens. It is the animals that aren't so lucky that break my heart. And as loving as many people are, there don't seem to be homes for all
joekho
on 06/29/13
ShanaV liked this  
Take the emotions out of it and take a look at the evidence-based science available
olfields
on 06/29/13
Everyone should have it done
LeahMichelle90
on 06/29/13
Msgina73 and 5 others liked this  
This is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. People who go around saying everyone needs to spay/neuter their pets. Um, no, we don't. It's a personal choice for every pet owner. I grew up having all our pets "fixed", but my husband thinks this is an unnatural process to do to animals. If you are responsible, watch your pets, and love them and care for them, that is what matters. Don't blame pet owners who choose not to "fix" their pets for all the animals dying in shelters. We got our first dog from someone giving away free mixed puppies, second pet was our cat who just showed up and we fed her, third is a dog I picked up on the side of the road. I think opening up your home to pets is far more loving than spewing hate on the internet to people who don't spay/neuter their animals. I may not pick up animals from the shelter, but I certainly keep some from going there!!!
christiejb
on 06/29/13
triathlon29 and 1 others liked this  
Outside cats DEFINITELY should ALWAYS be spayed/neutered.
Frauntlet
on 06/29/13
triathlon29 and 12 others liked this  
The reason spaying/neutering is such a big deal is because there are boatloads of irresponsible owners who let their intact animals roam. Spaying and neutering is obviously unnatural, but so is gelding a stallion, and birth control for women, and vasectomies for men. The amount of irresponsible people outnumbers those who can handle and take proper precautions for intact animals. It's always "well, he's doing what's natural." You know what's also natural? The flu. But we take precautions to prevent it. You may not adopt animals from shelters, but you CAN prevent them from a miserable life by spaying and neutering.
LeahMichelle90
on 06/29/13
ziastarr and 3 others liked this  
So I don't care to get my pets from breeders. So all you people saying everyone can get pets from responsible breeders, no thanks! Stop trying to be tyranical pet monsters, controlling everyone else because of your emotions and the cruelty of others. Yes, some people are irresponsible, but no reason to dictate my choices for my pets because of others!

*end rant*
mathairdoula
on 06/29/13
laciejay and 7 others liked this  
I live in Maine, there are no puppies for free anywhere here and if you want a dog, a breeder charges over %500 for a puppy. Now I know they should charge something, but $750 a puppy? I don't feel it is anyone else's business what I do with my pets if I take care of them. Less government the better.
christiejb
on 06/29/13
This is why I don't agree with "free to go home" pets, unless it's between friends and family.

http://www.animal-rights-action.com/free-to-good-home.html
aimerlee
on 06/29/13
christiejb and 1 others liked this  
Free pets are an awful idea. I know in NC, people are advised not to give their pets away for free because lot of them are put into dog fighting as bait or into unfit homes because the people adopting are not willing to invest money in them.
christiejb
on 06/29/13
Jamee13 and 2 others liked this  
They didn't have the answer I wanted so I picked "yes".

I think you should have to get a license to breed and you should have to take a course to get said license. They should make the license cost a decent amount like $1000 to discourage backyard breeders. I have not so much an issue with reputable breeders who give their animals adequate exercise, plenty of food, shelter from the elements and regular visits to the vet. Anyone who wants to breed but doesn't have the money to do the things I mentioned for not just the mother or father pet but also the litter of babies shouldn't be breeding.

PERIOD.
christiejb
on 06/29/13
Note: in case you don't know what intact means, it means NOT spayed or neutered.
christiejb
on 06/29/13
People who contribute to this problem disgust me. If you have an intact, outside cat, I don't consider you an animal lover. An animal lover who rather spay/neuter than contribute to the overpopulation of sick and diseased, feral animals and millions of animals being euthanized. An animal lover wouldn't subject their female cat to the host of medical problems it could encounter by having too many litters without proper vet care.

That's my 2 cents.
christiejb
on 06/29/13
I have a neighbor who is outright irresponsible and allowed their INTACT male cat free around the neighborhood and I guess another irresponsible neighbor had a female cat. Now there's a litter of kittens living like feral cats in the neighborhood and when they grow up, they will be having babies too.

I love animals but I could not have to conscience to let this continue so I have been in frequent contact with local no-kill shelters to try to get these cats caught. Otherwise you have the very sad reality of diseased, starved, feral cats roaming the streets never knowing the TRUE meaning of love or being caught and euthanized by the hundreds. It's an endless cycle of neglect.
sainam
on 06/29/13
yes they should
Kookie612
on 06/29/13
craig7790 and 2 others liked this  
Everyone should go and volunteer at a shelter. There are too many irresponsible owners. I am glad all the rescue groups spay and neuter animals before their adopted.
I just delivered a mother cat and kittens to a shelter from an apartment complex where she was abandoned!!
Fuji420
on 06/29/13
trish39345 and 2 others liked this  
If all pets was spayed and neutered,then there would be no pets.
mgtheman
on 06/29/13
That's not true. Even if all pets were spayed or neutered, there would still be breeders (whether Kennel Club or puppy mill) and an overabundance of strays.
SwagSupa
on 06/29/13
naydana liked this  
I'm really surprised that most people voted yes. Well if everyone sprayed/neutered their pets how would we continue to have pets? It's up to the owners but I don't believe that EVERYONE should do it.
mgtheman
on 06/29/13
Aproposof liked this  
If you don't shove food into your mouth nonstop, how will you avoid starving?
TemporarySpastic
on 06/29/13
Timeg20 and 9 others liked this  
I remember the good ol' days when dogs had balls but, somewhere along the line it became acceptable to cut your pet's balls off. We have to be the only species concerned with controlling the population size of other species except our own. I know some people that should seriously be neutered.
Ambo5460
on 06/30/13
Timeg20 and 2 others liked this  
I completely disagree with you, but brig "pro balls" is hilarious.
aimerlee
on 06/29/13
triathlon29 and 7 others liked this  
Yes, because thousands of dogs being euthanized each day is so much better than simply neutering your pet.
TemporarySpastic
on 06/29/13
Timeg20 and 3 others liked this  
I'm still pro balls.
mgtheman
on 06/29/13
stairway220 and 2 others liked this  
Ohhh myyyyyy.
perka98
on 06/29/13
Bob barker is right but I guess I over analyzed & took into consideration breeding
Glizzie
on 06/29/13
Me too. Responsible breeders. But for the vast majority of pet owners, spaying and neutering is wise.
ygobuyer
on 06/29/13
JPowell91 and 7 others liked this  
I voted "No" because if everybody did it, pets (like cats, dogs, etc) would become extinct.
mgtheman
on 06/29/13
If you can only think in exaggerated absolutes, then how do you avoid binging or starving yourself to death?
erimicheller
on 06/29/13
Exactly!

I recently wanted to breed my cat and seems like everyone is on my case for it and it is very annoying. It's not my fault (or any other pet owners) that some people can be heartless enough to abuse their cat and/or dog and let them suffer in a shelter.
cjd1987
on 06/29/13
trish39345 liked this  
That is the same exact reason I said no!
14Volt
on 06/29/13
Neutering/spaying might sound like a good idea now, but if everyone began doing it I fear that eventually cats/dogs will become endangered species.
mgtheman
on 06/29/13
jas84047 liked this  
That's only slightly more likely than humans becoming an endangered species.
LifelesSwag
on 06/29/13
motherjj liked this  
I voted NO
honeylore1985
on 06/29/13
motherjj and 2 others liked this  
I'm kind of surprise that the poll revealed almost 50% of the voters believed their pets should be neutered and spayed. For me, I'm totally against it no matter what.
cheetomonster
on 06/29/13
honeylore1985 and 4 others liked this  
I'm against it unless it is absolutely necessary!! If there is absolutely NO medical reason for spaying/neutering (other than to stop them from reproducing), then it's just stupid. I mean, how would you feel if someone took you somewhere that you're not familiar with, put you to sleep, and then you wake up sore and missing junk?! If God didn't want animals to have those parts he wouldn't have made them that way..
naydana
on 06/29/13
OMG I was waiting to see if someone was going to say what you just did ,, THANK YOU!! Why fix an animal for our mistakes?! stop letting your animals run wild, and it would be an issue!.. Wish people would stop trying to fix what GOD made!
mgtheman
on 06/29/13
Find me a cat or dog who actually noticed the missing parts and I'll consider taking you seriously.

Your use of the naturalistic fallacy is not doing you any favours, however, nor is your insistence that reproductive organs are man-made.
CynthiaAnne
on 06/29/13
pandm and 3 others liked this  
Why are you against it? I cant think of one logical reason why anyone would be against it "no matter what"
bellaswan
on 06/29/13
pandm liked this  
I can't either. Millions of cats and dogs who would have probably made amazing pets die every single year because we DON'T spay and neuter our pets.
trish39345
on 06/29/13
laciejay and 2 others liked this  
it's not because we don't spay and neuter our pets...it's because of dumb owners who let their animals run freely and get knocked up. how the hell do ya'll expect you beloved cats and dogs that you would do so much for to repopulate?!?! huh....don't worry....i'll wait. i bet it would be ok for humans to get "fixed to huh?" you know...since there are so many hungry kids on the streets that die every day. ummm nooooooooooooo....so why do you expect animals to get "fixed?!?!
Offspring258
on 06/29/13
I have no idea what you just said.
AmandaS37
on 06/29/13
laciejay and 2 others liked this  
I think it should be up to the owner or person in possession. every animal and person is different.
bubba86
on 06/29/13
if the dog or cat is not going crazy then no
BrianJoslyn
on 06/29/13
laciejay and 1 others liked this  
What a lame poll question. However, the most appropriate answer is no.
bellaswan
on 06/29/13
Good question. I think the 'most fun' poll questions force us all to take a position and then those results facilitate meaningful conversations.
Beastn2025
on 06/29/13
If u ask me its up to the owner
cerdo91
on 06/29/13
If you ask me, it is up to me!!
Beastn2025
on 06/29/13
Well i didnt ask u!!!
cerdo91
on 06/29/13
Yes sir Bob!!!
Beastn2025
on 06/29/13
Whos bob?
Kittenese
on 06/29/13
christiejb and 6 others liked this  
Anyone who's been to a shelter and seen all the puppies and kittens (on top of the older cats and dogs) who are looking for a home couldn't possibly say "I don't care"! It's enough to make you cry!
mak62184
on 06/29/13
I volunteer at a shelter and have been so for about 5 years. It is sad. We have so many in the pound, plus others, including me, foster animals too. We are a no kill shelter, so that makes me feel better.
MWfreedom
on 06/29/13
harnzen and 1 others liked this  
I just adopted a stray from the shelter Tuesday, he was neutered Friday morning.
even if it had not been required, i still would have had him fixed.
LessThanJenna
on 06/29/13
christiejb and 6 others liked this  
It's irresponsible not to, unless you plan on breeding. There's such an overpopulation problem with strays, that they actually had to develop a program of catching strays, spaying or neutering them, and releasing them just because pet owners are too irresponsible to spay/neuter their own pets.
lalo2689
on 06/29/13
craig7790 liked this  
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Keri1414
on 06/29/13
trish39345 liked this  
It's up to the owners
Sheedo89
on 06/29/13
very informative
SleekBleek
on 06/29/13
With stray "pets" like cats, the issue is not whether to spay/neuter because that doesn't hinder them from killing millions of songbirds and small mammals every year. If people were just responsible owners, then this would not be such a problem. Since it has become a problem now the solution is to decrease the numbers of wild cats.
swag9426
on 06/29/13
I personally don't care about spaying or neutering either way.

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