The AVA is strongly supportive of desexing dogs and cats as an important way of reducing the number of unwanted pets, improving the health of individual animals, and reducing problems caused by animals in communities.

At the same time, our policy on desexing points out that mandatory desexing of animals has not proven an effective strategy for reducing the number of unwanted companion animals. Mandatory desexing of owned animals also doesn’t account for the impact of semi-owned, stray and feral animals in pet overpopulation.

Our policy framework What to do about unwanted dogs and cats describes the AVA’s 5-point strategy to effectively reduce the number of animals euthanased in pounds and shelters.

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