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Did you know that?

  • Québec province holds the record for the highest number of dropouts in North America and the number of puppymills in Canada.
  • Euthanasia of abandoned animals in good health is the biggest killer of dogs and cats in North America.
  • Most female mammals, except the human, have no menopause.
  • Moving periods are exacerbating the phenomenon of abandonment.
  • SPCA Laurentides-Labelle offers sterilization of low-cost cats.
  • Overpopulation of dogs and cats is a scourge in our society and we can all help to counter this important phenomenon.
  • Québec's shelters are full of animals looking for a family.
  • A cat or a dog can have 2–3 litters/year of 4 or more offspring over 15 years, for a total of 120 to 240 cubs in their lifetime.

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I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the importance of neutering our pets and to let you know about the national week of sterilization in Québec, which is held from February 26 to March 3, 2017. Sterilization has for the purpose of rendering an animal unfit for breeding. This minor surgery is performed under general anesthesia by a veterinarian in a facility provided for this purpose.


Demystify some ideas about pet sterilization :

  • A female cat or dog does not need to have had pups to be balanced;
  • Sterilization is not expensive compared to caring for a litter of kittens or puppies, or for treating combat wounds, or even compared to the price of euthanasia for several small ones;
  • A sterilized cat does not become obese: studies show that it is rather a diet not adapted to the animal and a lack of physical activity that are the main culprits.

Voici quelques bonnes raisons de faire
stériliser votre animal de compagnie :

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  • Stop the heat in the female, so no blood loss in dogs and excessive vocalization in cats;

  • Eliminate unwanted litters, thus reducing overcrowding and the number of animals abandoned and euthanized;

  • Limit the animal’s desire to roam the area in search of a receptive partner;

  • Decreas perianal and prostatic tumours in the neutered dog as well as mammary tumours and uterine infections (when the female is operated before her first heat)

  • Decrease marking, aggression, fights and injuries related to territorial fighting, especially among males;

  • Reduce anxiety by 10 to 20%, which facilitates obedience and makes animals more sociable with their peers;

  • Savings: Sterilization is less expensive than caring for injuries or illnesses, not to mention the cost of many litters, euthanasia, etc.

Current or potential pet owners can help reduce overcrowding by preventing the reproduction of their animals. The best thing to do is to have their animals sterilized. Take advantage of National Sterilization Week in Québec, from February 26 to March 3, to have your pet operated and visit the Animal Sterilization Québec site,, to find out about participating veterinary clinics and hospitals.

Thank you for taking your responsibilities!

@ Martine Lavallée B.A.A. and animal health technician

Sources : Fédération des sociétés canadiennes d’assistance aux animaux, La Presse, Hôpital vétérinaire de Shippagan, SPCA-Péninsule

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