Reasons to Spay or Neuter

Each year an estimated 40,000 unwanted dogs and cats animals are killed in Hong Kong. There simply aren't enough good homes for them all. Even those that are lucky enough to find a home may not be lucky enough to keep it and end up abandoned back in the shelter system again. Many of these animals are bought at pet stores and are of particular breeds.
Other equally tragic problems resulting from pet overpopulation include the transformation of some animal shelters into "warehouses", acceptance of neglect and cruelty to animals as a way of life in our society, and the stress that many shelter workers and veterinarians endure as a result of having to euthanise one animal after another. Unfortunately, so many living creatures are cuddled when cute and young, but become abandoned and thrown away when they become inconvenient.
Animals who are abandoned and stray, and are able to survive, live in streets and around rubbish bins. These animals can get into trash, defecating in public areas and/or lawns, and spreading disease to other animals. Some scare away or prey upon wildlife, such as birds, in order to survive. They innocently cause anger to people who have no comprehension of their misery or of their needs.
In addition to its impact on pet overpopulation, having your pet spayed/neutered provides many medical and behavioral benefits:
Spaying greatly reduces chances of breast cancer and eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as uterine infection
Neutering prevents testicular tumors in males, helps to prevent other prostate problems, and decreases the likelihood of hernias. Neutered males are less likely to roam, reducing the chance of bite wounds and diseases caused by fighting
Making sure your pets are spayed or neutered helps to reduce some behaviours associated with unsterilised companion animals such as aggressiveness, spraying, roaming, etc. early age spay and neuter
Countless tax dollars currently used to house and euthanise animals each year can be redirected to other programs which do work and are not inhumane.
This is Eloise, the very first cat trapped by LAP under our TNR Project, being treated by Dr. Hans De Vries

She had been horribly abused. She had 3rd degree burns to 40% of her skin.

We worked to save her and now she is a gorgeous and happily homed cat.

Sadly, every decision on whether to attempt to save the life of an animal is a compromise between her chances of survival and money available. LAP will continue to give every animal a chance as far as our resources allow.