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    Infectious Disease Control Unit
    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: (512) 776-7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616



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Pet Overpopulation

Responsible pet owners get their pets spayed and castrated. Overpopulation in dogs and cats in particular poses a serious problem. It is a sad realization that approximately 15 million of these animals are euthanized yearly in animal shelters throughout the United States because there are just not enough homes to go around. Additionally, spaying females helps to avoid potential infections and, if done early, reduces the chances of the animal developing mammary cancer. Castrating males diminishes fighting and subsequent injuries, roaming, prostrate cancer, and, in cats, the dreaded art of marking territory through spraying.

Texas Department of State Health Services - Infectious Disease Control Unit
1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801, Mail Code: 1960 PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
(512) 458-7676 - Fax: (512) 458-7616 - E-Mail

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Last updated February 22, 2011