(WEAU) - According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 5 to 7 million animals enter shelters nationwide every year. But only about 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered.
Then, because of overcrowding about 3 to 4 million are forced to be euthanized.
"In the United States one dog or cat is euthanized every 8 seconds, because of overpopulation and unsuitable homes,” said Dr. Bob Bohacek of Oakwood Hills.
These cute, cuddly and friendly animals are all too often the victims of abuse and neglect.
"Neutered and spayed males and females are much healthier, much less risk of reproductive disease, much less risk of aggression, roaming, territoriality," said Bohacek.
On average cats will produce about 10 kittens per year and over the course of 9 years that comes to about 11 million cats that are born because they haven't been either spayed or neutered.
If an unsprayed dog has puppies over the course of 6 years and if each puppy had more puppies, there would be 67,000 dogs that would be born.
"Throughout Dunn County citizens can bring in animals with municipalities that we contract with. We can take in stray animals,” said Jim Lilli, of the Dunn County Humane Society.
Jim Lilli with the Dunn County Humane Society says they have a no kill policy and cats like 6 month old Chelsea get spayed and neutered when they are taken in. But, the facility is overcrowded.
"The cost will increase if you don't have it done and there's an unwanted pregnancy," said Lilli.
The procedure is easier and isn't as harmful as some might think.
"The males and females go home the same day. Spaying a female whether it's a dog or cat is a ovarian hysterectomy, which removes the ovaries as well as the uterus and the male dog it's castration," said Bohacek.
It leaves very little scarring and the Eau Claire Humane Society even offers a $15 dollar off coupon this month.
"Their pets are going to be healthy, happier, their pets are going to be better pets and you’re going to do your part in reducing over population and the needless death of dogs and cats in the United States,” said Bohacek.
Click below for more information on Dunn County's Prevent a Litter Month event.
Click below for a link to a $15 dollar off coupon from the Eau Claire Humane Society.