Why Spay & Neuter


It Saves Lives

It’s no secret, just look around and you can see, there is an over population of homeless and unwanted pets in our state. Every year more than - dogs and cats end up in Hawaii shelters, and unfortunately there are just not enough people who can adopt.

Spaying and neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally, and is the most effective and humane way to save animals lives.

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What is sterilization?

  • A spay is the surgical removal of a female animal’s reproductive organs so she cannot become pregnant.
  • A neuter is the surgical removal of a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot impregnate a female.
  • The surgeries are performed by a veterinarian while animals are under general anesthesia so that they do not feel pain. An animal may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but Oahu SPCA provides medication to help ease the soreness.
  • Oahu SPCA sterilizes (spays and neuters) every animal adopted from our shelter, even those as young as eight weeks old. We also recommend that people have their pets altered as soon as possible. Animals, especially cats, can get pregnant as early as five months old.

Benefits for you and your pet?

Your companion will live a longer, healthier life and you will experience a better - behaved companion if you get him or her spayed or neutered.

Spaying and neutering
  • Reduces the chance of your pet developing breast cancer and dangerous uterine infections infemales and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
  • Reduces the urge to mate, which leads to a companion who will be less distracted and more easily trained.
  • Reduces aggression and the tendency to bite.
  • Eliminates messy heat cycles in females and attracting unwanted males.
  • Reduces the need to roam in search of a mate, decreasing the chances that your pet will become lost, get into fights with other animals or be hit by a car.
  • Reduces or eliminates spraying, wailing, marking territory.