SPAY AND NEUTERING
Help Street Cats and Dogs team have spayed and neutered over 150 cats and over 100 dogs treated many for various conditions. We need to deal with the root cause and reduce their numbers by spaying and neutering. This is the only long term solution.
The simplest, most important and effective way to save cats and dogs from all this suffering is to prevent more unwanted animals from being born, by ensuring that animals are spayed or neutered. Every animal that is sterilised prevents potentially hundreds of thousands more from being born only to suffer and die on the streets, or to be abused by cruel or neglectful people or be euthanised for lack of loving homes.
A female dog can have up to three litters in a year with an average litter size of seven puppies. One female and her babies can theoretically create 67,000 puppies in six years.
The average litter of cats is 1 to 8 kittens and 2-3 litters annually. One cat could potentially have 100 kittens in her lifetime. Her entire generation could include 42,000 kittens in 7 years.
Spaying and neutering are routine, affordable surgeries that improve an animal’s health. Spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males far less likely to roam or fight, prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
Cats and dogs in Turkey are born into a life of misery. In their very short and tragic lives, they are left to fend for themselves many dying due to hunger, illness, accidents and abuse. The authorities are systematically capturing dogs and dumping them in forests, leaving them to die of starvation. The average lifespan of a street animal ranges from two to eight years, with the majority never making it past five years old.