Spay and Neuter… Why?

In the past few months there have been a great number of harshly worded attacks against BCFS regarding our strict and strong stance on spaying and neutering.

Let’s make this perfectly clear:

BCFS will NOT adopt an animal to a home with intact animals or to any breeding program. 

Let me tell you why…



  1. Dog on Dog abuse.

When you have an unaltered pet in your home and bring in an altered pet the unaltered pet gives excessive and unwanted attention to the altered pet.

There are extensive behavioural issues for unaltered animals. Especially, intact males, including everything from marking territory to aggression – these behaviours can been seen in intact females as well.

Did you Know?   If you have an intact male it is recommended to provide him with a sexual outlet at least twice a year to avoid increased behavioural issues from pent up sexual energy. Yes, you’ll be your dog’s pimp – doesn’t that sound inviting?


Harriette spayed female was surrendered with Ozzie – an intact male. For six years Ozzie was constantly licking, humping and terrorizing Harriette, until she gave up and would just lay there taking the abuse.


The emotional trauma is sad enough, but the physical damage Ozzie inflicted on Harriette was extreme. She had chronic, painful ear and skin  infections from his constant licking. The family put Harriette on steroids to combat the extensive damage. The excessive steroid use  eventually lead to her developing Cushing’s disease.

All of this could have been prevented by neutering Ozzie.


2. Unwanted Breeding

How many times have we heard “oh, we keep them separated“. You can’t. That’s an irresponsible statement. You don’t watch your animals 24/7 and here’s proof:

We had four mini horses surrendered in November 2015. None of these animals received vet care and the only male was intact. The owner promised us he was kept separated from the mares – mostly.



We just found out that one of the mini horses is pregnant and due in April. Here is a family who can’t properly care for the four mini horses they have, and they let the horses create more unwanted horses. Had the foal been born at the surrendering family’s farm would they have received any vet care?

We don’t know for sure if the other two mares are pregnant, but we do know they were exposed to the stallion for months, so chances are that BCFS can expect more babies in the coming months. Thanks to not gelding this guy…


There are so many animals who need homes. Please stop breeding more. Millions are euthanized or slaughtered every year, and yet, people still think it’s okay to breed more. This greatly taxes shelters and rescue organizations.

3. Too Many Animals / Animals for Profit

There are too many unwanted animals in this world and BCFS is at the front lines seeing these animals destroyed. Not enough room in shelters or rescue groups. Not enough hands to help so many that are unwanted.

Out of that cute puppy phase? Dumped at the shelter.

Like these puppies:


Just have a look at all these unwanted dogs… and we are a small spoke in the big world of rescues.


We can name many puppy mill rescues who come in horribly neglected like Moses.


Then there are the dogs who are simply ignored, locked away and abandoned – like Muffin.


Those who breed don’t see the animals in the same light as rescue groups. There is a philosophy in rescue that sees breeding as negative as it puts a monetary value on a life.

Whether you breed horses, dogs or factory farm you are contributing to a socioeconomic problem where animals are seen as $$$ rather than loved for their souls.


4. Cancer risks for the unaltered pet

Just ask Sabre…

sabre postsurgery

Sabre has a tumour on her ovary and over 9 mammary gland tumours. Pathology report on one tumour is benign, but there are so many to remove. Our vet has removed three of the breast cancer tumours, but states there are so many…. Sabre is riddled with breast tumours – completely preventable by spaying.

Even at 11 years old spaying her  will decrease her chances of reoccurring breast tumours by 50%.

Sabre’s family surrendered her to BCFS in the winter of 2015 with extensive ear infections, massive flea infestation and blood work revealing dehydration – her electrolytes were way out of whack.

Sabre is 11 years old and was never spayed.  The most common type of tumour in female dogs is the mammary tumor—especially in (unspayed) dogs between the ages of five to 10 years-old.

Canine Breast Cancer Prevention
The best way to prevent breast cancer in female dogs is to spay them before they go into heat for the first time—just another benefit of spaying. By doing this, dog owners can practically eliminate the chances of their dog developing mammary cancer.  – from the article Breast Cancer in Dogs by Bobbi Leder. 

If Sabre had been spayed she wouldn’t be riddled with tumours. Did you know that dogs with breast cancer do not respond to radiation or chemotherapy? It’s a death sentence for unspayed dogs.


Spay and Neuter

Dunnville Vet Clinic is running a spay and neuter clinic in March 2016. Check them out! Dunnville Clinic

From Amy’s Desk…

We know this post will offend many people, but please remember we see the damage from not spaying and neutering every day on the front lines.

We heal these animals and will always strive to decrease the pet population. We will never change our minds on this goal.

Please put rescue organizations out of business and learn about responsible companionship with animals.


Thank you.

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