Prevent A Litter Month:
Reasons to sterilise your pet
As a pet owner, choosing to sterilise your pet may be one of the most important decisions you make. Sterilisation has many benefits, not only improving the health of your furry friend but also preventing unwanted animals and their impact on the community.
Improving your pet’s health and longevity
According to studies, sterilising your pet will help them live a longer and healthier life. Sterilisation can reduce, or even eliminate, several health problems that are difficult and/or expensive to treat. It reduces the risk of certain types of cancer and prevents sexually transmittable diseases, such as FIV (Feline AIDS) and Feline Leukaemia in cats or Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT). Sterilisation also reduces certain risky behaviours like roaming and aggressivity towards other pets or humans.
Controlling the unwanted pet population
Did you know that an unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce up to 96,000 dogs altogether in 6 years? For cats, it goes up to 420 000 kittens!
One of the biggest challenges we face here in Vietnam is unwanted pets. Kittens and puppies – even neonatal babies- are thrown away in the streets. Older pets are either neglected or dumped. The youngest are unable to survive on their own. Unfortunately, even if they are rescued in time, their chances of survival will remain low. Neonatal kittens are extremely fragile, and no matter what the rescuer will do, kittens’ health will quickly decline. Older ones will face mange, tick fever, starvation, terrible viruses such as FIV and parvo, and more. Even worse, if they are roaming in the streets, they will be an easy target for the horrific dog/cat meat trade. Often brutalised during the capture, they will be kept in tiny cages for days without food and water before being slaughtered.
Additionally, stray animals pose a risk to public health as they can carry various diseases, such as rabies. It is therefore essential – both for animal welfare and public health – to manage stray animal populations in the most humane way possible.
Community outreach in Central Vietnam
We have been working hard for years to educate the community on sterilisation; making it safe, readily available, and affordable for pet owners. There are some myths and misunderstandings in the community. Some people are even scared for their pets when considering sterilisation. We hope that, through education, we can make pet owners understand that sterilisation is the best option for their pets.
Paws for Compassion, in collaboration with its partners, consistently organises free sterilisation days in Da Nang and Hoi An. Follow our page to get the dates to register your animal for sterilisation.
We are 100% funded by our incredible volunteers, donors, and partners. We receive no government funding, so all the work we do relies on people like you deciding to help out the precious animals in such desperate need of care.
Thank you for your support!