Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States every year due to pet overpopulation. It has been estimated that there are over 60 million homeless animals in the United States alone: a staggering rate of more than a million per state.
In New Mexico, healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized by the thousands each year because there are not enough homes for them all.
Fixing your pet (also known as spaying/neutering) means fewer pets added to the overpopulation in our state. Spaying/neutering is the best way to avoid the problem of unwanted pets, and one of the kindest things you can do for animals. Spaying and neutering saves lives.
SpayNM is a program of Animal Humane | New Mexico. Our mission is to educate, provide resources, and advocate for spaying and neutering pets in order to end pet overpopulation in New Mexico.
Female dogs and cats can have their first heat and get pregnant as young as 5 months old. Spaying your kitten or puppy before her first heat will eliminate the possibility that your pet will start having litters. It will also greatly reduce her chances of mammary cancer.
Veterinarians agree, it is perfectly safe to spay/neuter your pet when they are as young as 2 months old.