mandatory spay/neuter legislation
NADOI opposes mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) legislation. The stated
intent of such legislation is to reduce the number of dogs in
shelters and euthanized. However, the volume of animals in
shelters and euthanized has been dropping for decades. MSN has not
proven effective in places where it has been tried.
Spaying and castrating are surgical procedures with risks and
drawbacks. The decision to sterilize a dog should rest with the
owner in consultation with his/her veterinarian. Education, dog
training, the availability of low-cost spay/neuter clinics, and
enforcement of leash laws are the most effective ways to reduce
Approved by the Board of Directors, April 2008, Rio Rancho, NM.