From our friends at the Humane Society Silicon Valley
In case you didn’t know, February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. At HSSV, we’re doing all sorts of cool promos to encourage pet parents to come in and get their pooches fixed at a wicked discount. Is your pet not fixed? Will you be in next week? Because you need to be. Is your pet a Chihuahua and do you live in certain San Jose zip codes? Forget the discount, we’ll fix your dog for free.
Unless you live in a very small box that’s buried deep underground somewhere in flyover country, it’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard all the very legitimate, scientifically-proven, and medically-sound reasons to fix your pets. For example: Fixing cuts down on marking, makes animals fourteen times less likely to run off, etc. etc. If that isn’t enough to convince you, we’re going to get very, very honest with five additional reasons to fix your dog that no one will actually tell you. But we will. Because we’re good like that.
1) No one wants to look at Brutus’ danglers, and in the absence of stuffing your dog into a pair of tighty whities, there’s no way to avoid subjecting the public to the sight of your dog’s pendulous cajones dangling. No one wants to see that. Seriously.
2) You know those things are touching your sofa, right? And flopping around on your kitchen floor? No one wants to walk around your house barefoot, sitting on your furniture is a little dubious, too. Is that a sweat mark? Oh. Oh no.
3) The thought of your pet having a sex life is disturbing. It’s like the idea of teddy bears mating. Pets are for cuddling and loving and companionship. Be amazed by how cute or smart or friendly your dog is, but please don’t be amazed by what a stud he is. (That just makes people wonder about you.)
4) It’s awkward to be confronted with evidence of your female dog receiving a visit from Aunt Flo. Oh look, there’s blood on your floor and your pet is rubbing against legs in a suggestive manner. That doesn’t make anybody feel good. In fact it makes them feel icky.
5) Pet overpopulation is killing homeless animals. While we don’t euthanize for time or space, many other places are not as lucky. Looking for a puppy? Great! We’ve got some. And if we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, we’re sure one of the other tens of thousands of rescues or shelters will. Think you’re going to make a mint selling them? Good luck.
We’re becoming a more humane nation, and more and more folks think shelters first when looking for a new pet. For certain breeds like Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas, the bottom has fallen clean out of the market. Shelters are chock-full of baby Pits and Chis.
Don’t be icky. Don’t contribute to overpopulation. Just fix your pet. (And if you’re in California, do it cheaply this month at HSSV).
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