Spaying or neutering your household's canine or feline residents should be a no-brainer. Depriving an animal of its gonads might be cruel, but it's not half as cruel as allowing an animal's health to be decimated by pregnancy after pregnancy (or allowing Rover to so jeopardize the health of all his girlfriends). There are far too many homeless cats and dogs already — there's no excuse for adding to the problem.
Except if you can't afford the surgery.
Fortunately (or unfortunately), pet owners in the Pikes Peak region no longer have that excuse. People who qualify for government programs such as food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or unemployment, or who fall within the Federal Poverty Guidelines, can now get their fluffy companions spayed or neutered affordably at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. To see if you qualify for the service, check out the info page at hsppr.org.
If you've already spayed or neutered your pet, good job. But you can still help reduce the number of animals at risk for euthanasia (about 9,500 annually in the region). The reduced-cost-surgery program at the Humane Society is dependent on donor sponsorships. What better way to give thanks for your own good fortune than to help someone else?