Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
I think this whole Neuter/Spay thing has become a debate in the same line as abortion, same sex marriage, politics, religion, etc. Everyone has their own opinion, and feel very strongly about what they think is right and will fight to the death to prove their point =).
I believe that if you go researching the topic BUT feel strongly on a certain side you are going to find more information on that side on the debate and pay less attention to the side of the debates you don’t agree with.
I think it comes down to lifestyle. If you can handle having an unfixed dog, protect them from having unplanned pregnancy and feel strongly about not getting them neutered, then go for it. I truly believe that most people just aren’t that responsible and careful. I have worked for rescues my entire life and have seen this myself. I am tired of having people argue with me the importance of not neutering only to have them ask me later on in life if I could find homes for their puppies “opppps”. This has happened quite a few times over the last two decades.
It all depends on how responsible you are. If you have ever had an accidental litter and are still strongly against neutering I think there is a problem there and you should reconsider you opinion. I personally will always neuter just because I am too active, my dogs go to daycare, and they have play groups, run off leash in parks and play. We are too playful for me to be so careful. I have always neutered my dogs and have never had any problems related to the cancers and bone issues they say your dog wont get with a spay or neuter.
I have a feeling there will be a million more of these threads. It’s such a hot topic right now. I really believe it comes down to responsibility and protection since from my prospective both sides pretty much have the same amount of pros and cons just to me, the chance of an accidental litter and so many irresponsible owners far outweighs any pro that keeping them intact has for me.
Owned by five furballs
Bruno AKA Mr. Cuddles: Shepherd/Doberman rescue
Navah AKA Evil Munchi: My first bred GSD
Cats: Capone, Bugsy and Bonnie