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ARDMORE, OK -- It's estimated about 2.7 million healthy cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters every year. That's about 7,400 a day or one every 11 seconds.     

The SPCA says one of the best ways to prevent overpopulation is to spay or neuter your family pets. A new policy to get pets spayed or neutered in Ardmore will also help your pet stay healthy.

Animal shelter administrators are asking pet owners to get their furry family members spayed or neutered.

"It's just a healthy thing for the dog or the cat," said Jeannine Jackson, executive director at the Ardmore Animal Shelter.

The Ardmore Animal Shelter offers a low cost spay and neuter clinic, hosting 10 of them throughout the year on Saturdays and Sundays.

Jackson says the clinics take care of 100 to 125 pets each session, which she says may have helped lower the pet population in Carter County.

"2,000 animals down from 10 years ago on our intakes," said Jackson. "Which hopefully means our spay and neuter program is working."

Dr. Tyla Yauk, a veterinarian at the Ardmore Animal Hospital, says spaying and neutering can provide health benefits to your pets.

"There is a big health benefit to spay or neutering your pets at an early age," said Yauk. "It can decrease their chances of cancer."

Both Yauk and Jackson say that shelters around Oklahoma --and nationwide-- are sending adopted pets to the vet first to get spayed or neutered before they can go home.

"This is something we've started in the past two years or so," said Jackson.

"That is a relatively new type of procedure that's being done," said Yauk. "And that is just strictly to make sure that those pets are taken care of."

"Nothing goes out unless they're spayed or neutered," said Jackson.

Case in point for some recently adopted puppies and a camera shy dog name Mister, who will head to the vet tomorrow before going to their new homes.