Spay & Neuter
What is sterilization?
Sterilization is the process of "de-sexing" an animal.
For males it is called neutering, which is the removal of the testes.
For females it is called spaying, which is either the tying of the ovarian tubes or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and ovaries).
Why is sterilization important?
Sterilization is important for two primary reasons:
- 1. Health Benefits
- 2. Population Control
Please note that our perspective on sterilization is based on verified scientific research by respected agencies, and is also an accepted norm for animal rescue and welfare organisations worldwide.
We have elaborated on the health benefits in the section below.
From an Indian context, apart from health benefits, it also helps in controlling the stray dog population, which is a huge problem we are facing as a country. We feel very strongly about this, and that's why it is included as a question in our form, and also spoken about multiple times with adopters such as yourself.
The only way to ensure that a dog does not reproduce is by sterilization. People protest and say they'll be careful with their dogs, but dogs do escape when they sense a female in heat nearby.
The work that KAW is doing is largely due to the overpopulation crisis of dogs, and it is the duty of us and people who adopt through us to ensure we never contribute to this problem.
What are the health benefits of sterilization?
Neutering removes the testes, which is the primary source of testosterone in the body. It would result in reducing behaviours associated with testosterone.
- It contributes to reduce aggressiveness towards other dogs and humans
- It will help calm them down
- It also has multiple health benefits like it reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems
- The personality or character of the dog does not change.
Spaying can be done either by tying the tubes, or a hysterectomy (removal of the ovaries and uterus) in female dogs.
- Ovarian cysts, uterine infections (eg. Pyometra) and cancer of the reproductive tract are no longer a concern.
- Studies have shown that dogs spayed before puberty have a significantly lower chance of developing breast cancer than unspayed dogs.
- The worry of the female dog being 'on heat' or the mess associated with the menstrual cycle wouldn't be an issue either, which makes people more inclined to adopt our wonderful female dogs as concerns regarding an unexpected pregnancy won't arise.
How can you support our spay & neuter program?
- 1. You can sponsor a spay/neuter surgery by donating to KAW
- 2. You can spread awareness about Spay/Neuter and encourage people around you to spay/neuter their pets and community dogs they care for.
We can recommend a suitable vet to you so you can have a more detailed conversation around this and put your doubts to rest.
How can you take our services for spay & neuter of local dogs?
Our cost for spay & neuter per dog is Rs 3000
We provide pickup, drop off, anti-rabies vaccine, sterilization surgery, post operative care for a minimum of 4 days.
We do not use dog catchers and prefer to work with community feeders who know their dogs well.
Please contact us here to inquire about sterilization of your community dogs: [email protected]