Should shelter dogs be spayed and neutered if not medically necessary? I see lot of places make it law that shelter animals be fixed
Can of worms, open.
I will be honest- I am pretty neutral on the whole spay/neuter debate. It’s not a medically necessary surgery for the majority of dogs and thus it’s not a surgery that I would personally just do just to do. It can have negative effects and even kill dogs, so why put a dog through organ removal if it’s not necessary?
I’m also not really fond of this “not everyone will be able to take care of/properly manage an intact dog so those people should be able to get their dogs sterilized”. I am on the side of the breeders that say if you can’t handle an intact dog you can’t handle one of their dogs. It is not deemed acceptable to declaw a cat or debark a dog (which are far less intensive surgeries) because some people can’t handle cats with claws or bad barkers, so why is it okay to perform major organ removal because some people can’t handle an intact dog?
There is, of course, the argument that if the dogs are adopted out intact then they will not be prevented from having/making babies- if the new owners are that irresponsible that it’s a guarantee that an intact dog would add to the overpopulation problem, then maybe they are not so responsible of a home and shouldn’t have a dog, period, in the first place.
But, at the same time, only adopting dogs to homes that are capable of or willing to care for an intact animal and refusing people who are attached to spay/neuter as a mandatory part of dog ownership would simply result in more dogs in shelters as most people in the US are woefully underprepared for actually caring for a dog correctly, let alone an intact dog, and thus it would result in more dogs dying. As a result, most of us pro-intact-animals people are okay with rescue animals being sterilized because we realize that there’s indirect benefit to the animal (more animals being adopted).