Some people hesitate to sterilize their pet, fearing that will be painful. Or sometimes they wonder what the actual benefits are. We’re here to help clear up some of the confusion. But first,
All animals in Bali should be sterilized. Period.
Bali Pet Crusaders reports there are 500,000+ stray dogs and an unknown amount of stray cats living on the island. Because of this, many animals (and neighborhoods) suffer, spread diseases, and continue to produce more suffering animals. Regardless if you have a Western-bred dog or local Bali cat, please consider getting them sterilized. It only takes a moment for your animal to get out and reproduce with another. Those few moments just created 5, 10, or 100 more animals on Bali. Please spay and neuter your pets.
Besides reducing the suffering of other animals, sterilizing provides health benefits to your animal, such as:
- Increasing your pet’s lifespan
- In males, neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and many non-cancerous prostate disorders
- In females, spaying eliminates the risk of uterine cancers, ovarian cancers, and pyometra (infection of the uterus) and highly reduces the risk of mammary cancers
- Lowers the risk of roaming
- Reduces the risk of FIV (feline AIDS) & Feline Leukaemia in cats
- Lowers risk of injury associated with reproduction for cats and dogs
- Reduces the risk of perianal fistulas (anal abscess)
Aren’t we going against nature?
No! The natural right of the female to reproduce is inferior to the right of her offspring’s lives. Which is worse: not sterilizing a pet because of misconceptions or fearing they “aren’t a male/female anymore" or having hundreds of puppies and kittens being thrown into the river or left to die when they are only a few days old? Humans reproduce, but we have the choice to do so. Animals don’t have that choice.
Aren’t we depriving the animal of its’ sex life?
No! Animals do not experience sex like we do. For animals, sex is only the physical process of reproduction. Animals don’t have sex whenever they want – a female rejects the male aggressively when she’s not in heat. Therefore, the only thing we are depriving them of is producing many babies in an already overpopulated island.
Will the animal’s character change?
After sterilization, only hormone-dependent behaviors change, like marking of territory or males fighting each other. Many times, having your animal sterilized creates positive changes in their behavior because it reduces the hormones in their bodies.
Shouldn’t a female have an offspring at least once?
No. Your animal is not missing out on a “full life" with reproduction. It is just a hormonal and chemical process for her. Having babies does not improve her health. It just adds more animals in Bali.
If you want to help reduce animals in Bali, please visit organizations who specialize in sterilization, like Bali Pet Crusaders. With less animals in Bali, we can focus on healthier lives for animals, families, and for communities.