QUINCY (WGEM) -- Tuesday marked National Spay Day, as those at the Quincy Humane Society say the simple procedure can have a big impact.
According to the Humane Society's website, spaying/neutering can help increase a pet's life span by reducing the risk of injuries associated with roaming as well as reducing the risk of certain cancers.
They said spaying/neutering can also alleviate behavioral issues such as urine marking, excessive barking and mounting.
Quincy Human Society executive director Reggie Freel said spaying can also help cut down on the number of feral animals in the area.
"It's important to spay and neuter your animals so that we have less animals out there starving or having no home to go to," she said.
Freel said anyone looking to get their animals spayed or neutered can call the Quincy Humane Society to set up an appointment.
"We are a very low cost clinic so they can get the spay or the neuter and the microchips and the vaccinations all for a very reasonable price," she said.
The Humane Society said people should use the following guidelines to determine when their pets should be fixed:
- Owned cats should be altered before 5 months old.
- Owned female dogs should be spayed before 5 months old.
- Owned small breed male dogs should be neutered before 5 months old.
- Owned large breed male dogs who are house pets should be neutered after growth stops between 12 to 15 months old due to orthopedic concerns.
- Owned large breed male dogs who roam freely should be neutered before 5 months old due to the population concerns of unintended breeding.
- Shelter animals should be altered prior to adoption, as early as 6 weeks old.
- Community cats should be altered via TNR (trap-neuter-return) at any age after 6 weeks old.