Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Mason the Shorthair Mix

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Mason the Shorthair Mix

Hi my name is Mason and I'm looking for my forever home. I am a one and half year old male domestic shorthair mix. I have a lovely coat of brown and tan with white markings. I love people and playing!
I enjoy lying in sunbeams and napping, but won't mind if you wake me up to play with some string or a toy. I would love to be a member of your family!
It may seem hard to believe, but spring is on its way in a few short months and that means the beginning of kitten season in the shelter! There will be more and more kitties like me looking for a home. Every year, millions of unplanned litters are born and those offspring more often than not become strays.
The most important thing you can do as a responsible pet owner is to have your pets spayed and neutered. There are health benefits for your pet and it helps fight pet overpopulation, leading to less homeless animals.
Not convinced? Here are more reasons to have your pets spayed and neutered:
- Your pets will live a longer healthier life! Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine infections in females and testicular cancer in males
- A neutered male is a better behaved male! Aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering and it prevents unwanted territory marking around the house...no stains in the corner or on your couch!
- A spayed female will not go into heat, avoiding the typical yowling and frequent urination used to attract a male
- Your male dog will stay close to home! An intact dog will do anything to find a mate, including digging under fences to make their escape! If your pet is not micro chipped and strays too far, it may be difficult to get them back home where they belong...with their family!
- Contrary to popular belief it doesn't make us gain weight! As long as we get the proper amount of exercise and food we'll stay in tip-top shape
- It's actually cost-effective! Compared with the cost of taking care of a litter, a spay/neuter surgery is a lot cheaper
- It reduces the amount of strays in your community, particularly cats. Stray cats are a strong threat to the song bird population and spread disease
I hope I have convinced you to spay and neuter your pets today! And don't forget to come visit me in the shelter; I could be the perfect new pet for you!

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.