It is difficult to estimate the total number of unwanted animals who are euthanized or die from communicable diseases in Houston area shelters each year because many of these organizations do not report their statistics; however, one organization, Barc (Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control) reported that in 2013 12,596 animals were euthanized or lost (died, missing or transferred to another kill shelter)1. These are the statistics for only one organization. There are more than 20 animal shelters in the greater Houston area so it is reasonable to assume that the number of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized in our area is easily approaching 100,000 per year, if not more. The above statistics do not even touch on the thousands of feral cats and dogs in our area, the numbers of which are impossible to accurately estimate.
Save Our Strays exists to try to make an impact in these horrific numbers. Therefore, all of the cats and dogs in our care are spayed/neutered before they are adopted to ensure that we are not contributing to the rampant cat and dog overpopulation problem. We also strongly support the adoption of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) programs within the Houston area. Please see our Feral Cats page for more information on current local programs.
Beyond reducing pet overpopulation, spaying and neutering also improves the long-term health of animals and reduces the likelihood of behavioral issues in your pet. If you need more convincing about why you should ensure ALL your pets are spayed and neutered, please read this comprehensive Spaying/Neutering Q&A article from the American Humane Association.
The cost of spaying and neutering varies greatly by facility. For a list of Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinics in the Houston area click here. When choosing a facility for this type of procedure, please do not solely consider cost. This is a serious surgery which requires that your pet be anesthetized. You should select a facility that is clean, staffed by well-trained, certified personnel who have extensive experience in spaying and neutering and who put patient care first.
1. Source - http://www.nokillhouston.org/houston-kill-shelters/barc/intake-outcome-reports/