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Spay & Neuter: Myths & Facts

Posted by siyerwin on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 7:34 AM

Here's something I got from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society website. I do think there are still a lot of people out there who see spay&neuter as something as taboo for their beloved cats and dogs. They couldn't be more wrong:

Myth: A female cat or dog should have a litter before she is spayed.
Fact: The sooner you spay your female, the better her health will be in the future. As long as a kitten or puppy weighs more than 2 pounds and is 2 months old, he or she can be neutered or spayed. Many veterinarians are practicing perfectly safe early sterilization. The likelihood of developing mammary tumors or uterine infections increases the longer a female goes unspayed. In fact, female spayed before sexual maturity (6-9 months of age) has one-seventh the risk of an intact female of developing mammary cancer.
Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter my pet's personality.
Fact: Any slight change will be positive. Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered male canines and felines tend to stop roaming and fighting and lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.
Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.
Fact: Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat and lazy - not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.
Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for my pet.
Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals. With a minimal amount of home care, your pet will resume normal behavior in a couple of days.
Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth.
Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.

For your spaying and neutering concerns, you may get in touch with PAWS through (email) philpaws [at] yahoo [dot] com or through (tel.) 475-1688.

For other organizations and establishments offering spay/neuter services, please check out my other post here.

5 Steps to Living the PAWSitive Life

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 5:01 PM

Please click on the following images to enlarge.

This friendly reminder was sent to you by the homeless kitties and doggies of the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center (PARC). The shelter animals implore you to stay PAWSitive by teaching the lessons of animal compassion and responsible pet ownership to those around you.

Please help PAWS bring more attention to the animals' plight by forwarding this message to your friends. Please click here to send this post to your friends via email.

Special thanks to Tata Lichauco (PAWS President), Fred Alimusa and Kariz Vergel De Dios for coming up with the above images.


Posted by siyerwin on Saturday, May 05, 2007 at 7:47 PM

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has this habit of naming the animals that they rescue after some of their volunteers. The names Tin, Gina, Anna, Jeff, Joyce, among others, are cats and dogs who were once PARC residents that were named after PAWS volunteers, PARC shelter manager and staff, and director.

Emil is yet another one such dogs named after a volunteer. I really don't know much about Emil (the dog) as he's relatively one of the newer PARC babies. But I hear that he's really nice and friendly and is very adoptable (like his human namesake). He's also very pretty as you will see from the images provided.

Please help us find a suitable home for Emil by showing this post and his images to your friends.

Emil is male, around 5 years old and was rescued by volunteers from the streets.

Call 475-1688 to learn more about Emil or email me at find.home [at] and I will forward your queries to PAWS. The adoption procedure can be found HERE.

Other dogs are at the shelter waiting to be adopted. Please visit them and take them home.

Emil hanging out with one of his buddies at PARC.

We're also running out of names to give the animals. Volunteer and give your name to one of the animals! ;-)

MFH on FHM!!!

Posted by siyerwin on Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 8:01 PM

Yes, you read it right. MeFindHome (otherwise known as the homeless animals of PARC) is on FHM magazine's May 2007 Issue!

Prada is FHM's newest kitty next door! ;-)

FHM promotes "animal love" by dedicating a few pages on the joy of pet ownership and the responsibilities it entails. I urge you to go get a copy and see PARC's very own Mario, 1-2-3, Emil, Susan and Van Dam featured in the adoption gallery. Me and my very own adopted cat, Prada, are also presented in a two-page, full-color spread (a la Playboy centerfold) somewhere in there... Just kidding.

FHM is R-18 (for adults only) so reader discretion is advised. Meow.

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