Spay/Neuter: the Real “No Kill” Solution

| by Phyllis M Daugherty
"No Kill" is a very seductive term. Being associated with any organization that boasts that it never euthanizes an animal elevates advocates above the harsh realities of pet overpopulation, even if keeping them all alive means they spend the rest of their lives in cages.

"No Kill" encourages the false illusion that every unwanted pet eventually finds a "forever" home ad removes the guilt from breeding litters of surplus puppies and kittens or dumping a pet. The reality is that once an owner leaves a pet at a "No Kill" shelter because it has become a burden or a nuisance, the pet soon fades from memory in the belief that someone else will want it--even though it was never housebroken, never trained, has aggressive tendencies, or it developed intolerable behavior because it was not spayed or neutered.

The truth is that we cannot adopt our way out of the pet overpopulation crisis!  The creation of litters of unwanted puppies and kittens must be stopped before they are born by spaying or neutering them early because mating occurs in pets far earlier than most owners expect.  Cats can go into heat as early as three months and by six months most dogs have already reached a level of sexual maturity that enables them to  reproduce multiple offspring. But quality adoptive homes where a new pet remains a lifetime family member are available in a far less numbers!

Dr. W. Marvin Mackie, a veterinarian in Southern California, understood the need for humane control of pet overpopulation in the 1980's where he opened Animal Birth Control low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

By setting new standards of safe, high-volume pet sterilization, Dr. Mackie began to transform the image and elevate the status of spay/neuter clinics. At that time, less than 10% of all pet dogs in the U.S. and less than 1% of pet cats were sterilized.

In 1988, Dr. Mackie began to focus on the feasibility of sterilizing companion animals before the age where they started reproducing and adding to the burgeoning numbers of homeless pets. He perfected the technique which allows safe, high-volume surgical sterilization of dogs and cats as young as eight weeks. He called it "Quick Spay," and it is provided on the YouTube channel below.

“QuickSpay” techniques have been used to train veterinarians all over the world. They are offered in this training series for informational and demonstration purposes only and should not be taken by professionals as exclusive nor formal instruction on how to perform the various surgeries.  For those who work in any animal-related field, anyone who has had a pet altered or is considering it, this is a chance to view surgical sterilization of dogs, cats, kittens and puppies performed by Dr. Mackie.

We cannot adopt our way out of the pet-overpopulation crisis. Spaying and neutering is the only real "No Kill" solution!

These videos are actual surgeries and provided for information only. No one who is not FULLY qualified as doctor in veterinary medicine should attempt to perform these surgical procedures on any animal under any circumstances.


This 42-video series also provides a walk-through demonstration on how to run an efficient, affordable spay/neuter clinic.