By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – According to the Humane Society of the United States, over 3 million dogs and cats are euthanized every year in shelters across the country and even more tragically, most often, simply due to overpopulation and not enough loving homes to provide for them.

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Here are some facts you may not know. Spaying female dogs can actually prevent certain cancers including ovarian, mammary and uterine cancers, which can be prevalent in many mature females. (I know this firsthand having once rescued an unhealthy dog who originally wasn’t spayed and seeing her live to the ripe old age of twenty after she was spayed.)

Spaying and neutering can possibly reduce the risk of certain health problems, the benefits of which can offer you many more cherished years with your dog or cat. It can possibly curb territorial behaviors as well, especially in males, removing the stress and anxiety that can be associated with hormonal driven behaviors.

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Don’t forget about your pet rabbits. Spaying and neutering benefits them as well. Unfortunately, after the spring season, many sadly can end up in shelters too.

Since you love your pet, do what is right for them and many others animals. Help to solve the problem and help to end the needless and tragic deaths of loving companion animals that end up homeless and in shelters waiting to be euthanized. And at the very same time, do something that is actually much healthier for your pet. Many humane societies work with veterinarians to make it even more affordable.

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