Nancy Phelan

Apr 17, 2016 by Rocky Point Times

The very first free spay/neuter clinic for the year was held Saturday March 19th, 2016. The clinic was held at the city building on Josefa, just past the railroad tracks about a block from Fremont. The group that volunteered their services are all local veterinarians from Puerto Peñasco. They have formed a union and hope to conduct a free clinic every month.
The first free clinic was held in 2009 by Give some Life and sponsored by the Animal Adoption Center of Rocky Point. Since that time we have conducted at least 2 free clinics a year sterilizing over 2,000 cats and dogs. Sterilization is the solution to the overpopulation of animals and we are proud to be a part of this movement. We support the Mexican veterinarians who are conducting clinics in all parts of Mexico.
We do not have the dates for the April clinic but you can call the city for more information at 388-5152.
Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. (Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.)
Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought that they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.
Un-neutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting his leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.
For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age before there is even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighting with other males.

In both cats and dogs, the longer you wait, the greater the risk you run of the surgery not doing the trick because the behavior is so ingrained.

Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:

Roaming, especially when females are “in heat.”

Aggression: Studies also show that most dogs bites involve dogs who are unaltered.

Excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.

While getting your pets spayed/neutered can help curb undesirable behaviors, it will not change their fundamental personality, like their protective instinct.
Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer or pyometra can easily run into the thousands of dollars—five to ten times as much as a routine spay surgery. Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung around other dogs. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs.
Renewing your pet’s license can be more expensive, too. Many counties have spay/neuter laws that require pets to be sterilized, or require people with unaltered pets to pay higher license renewal fees.
Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution.
Please check with your neighbors that may not have transportation and help transport their pets to the clinic or a local veterinarian. Thank you to all that help.
We are very busy with kitten season just around the corner. Please help us with medical bills and care for the many animals by making a donation through PayPal…nancy_phelan@yahoo.com…will take you to the Animal donation page. You can also send checks to AACORP, PO Box 1031, Lukeville, AZ 85341. We have drop off sites in Phoenix and Peoria for donations. Please call Nancy for address information.

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