Benefits of Spaying and Neutering


Both spaying and neutering reduces overpopulation - there just are not enough homes

Spaying and Neutering

Being a pet owner is not all fun and games. Many decisions need to be made that will shape the life of your pet. An important decision is whether or not to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Spaying is the term used to describe the surgical procedure involving the removal of a female animal's ovaries and uterus (ovariohysterectomy) and neutering describes the castration of a male animal. Because of the numerous health and behavioral benefits associated with spaying and neutering, we at the Western PA Humane Society strongly encourage pet owners to have this procedure performed on their pets. Listed below are just a few benefits:


  • Eliminates the risk of uterine cancer
  • Greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer
  • Eliminates the stress and discomfort that females endure during the "heat" period


  • Prevents testicular cancer
  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer
  • Can prevent urine marking, mounting, male aggression, and the urge to roam. Your pet will likely be more interested in bonding with you rather than finding a mate.

Contact Us

Our North Shore shelter offers these procedures for dogs and cats. To inquire about our prices or to schedule a pre-surgical exam, please visit our website at and click on the Spay and Neuter tab or contact us at:

Phone: 412-321-4625 extension 2
Fax: 412-528-4228