We have to fix Max

So, yes, we named our dog. He’s now called Max McDoggle Ears, Earl of Kibble.

Anyhow. We have to get him neutered or spayed or whatever (I will spare you the graphic description offered by the young ‘uns in this house). We have been told that we cannot own him the day he is fixed, halachically, and we have to “sell” him to a non MoT for that day.

Can anyone explain why?

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  1. sarah.a says:

    i remember we had to do that for our cat, we “gave” him to a friend (non-MoT). can’t remember why, sorry!

    (that friend became guardian of the cat when we moved away so it really was his in the end)

  2. i never heard that before. henry was already neutered by the shelter before i adopted him, as were my kitties in new york. one halacha i have heard, is to feed the pup before yourself. which goes against everything a trainer will tell you to do.

  3. Alan Broner says:

    Halacha forbids removal of reproductive organs from humans or animal, whether male or female …Shulchan Aruch, Even Haezer 5:11.

    there is a long discussion on this but apparently, there is a “work around” but one must consult a halachic authority

    in other words, it ain’t so simple

  4. lady lock and load says:

    I remember an article I read by Rabbi Dr. David Bleich in a magazine. I am trying to find it. There is a pasuk in the Torah that they derive these laws from. Will try to find out more.

  5. Long time animal owner here. Alan Broner already cited Shulhan Aruch. I’ll only add that castrating male animals is a prohibition from the Torah. Spaying females is typically considered a rabbinic prohibition. In Israel we did not castrate our males; and our females were on the pill as that was a halachicaly less problematic alternative to spaying.

    I had occasion to revisit this issue when our search dog was castrated in America about 8 years ago. European halachic authorities had written about Jewish farmers sometimes needing to castrate a bull or other animal, and selling to a non-Jew was then the answer in many cases. Some authorities were of the opinion that this still required a compelling reason beyond convenience since it is a Torah prohibition. Others less so. One should discuss this with their LOR, since simply selling the animal for a few days may not cover it. There are still some nuances such as the instructions to castrate, etc. I have discussed this with Rav G. D. Schwartz; but you have perfectly good LORs available who can fill you in on the details.

  6. lady lock and load says:

    In Parshas Emor (in Sefer Vayikra) Perek 22, Posuk 24, it says “You shall not offer to the Eternal that which has it’s stones bruised, or crushed, or torn off, or cut; neither shall you do this in your land.”

    From here we learn that you cannot castrate an animal even if not kosher. Look at Rashi over there.

  7. fille says:

    ’cause there is a halacha that every animal is entitled to their sexual organs or reproductive capacity, and it is not for us to take it away from then…

    …For quite some time I have been musing, whether the so called friends of animals are truly friends of animals: they neuter them, they kill them, they offspring…

  8. My dog’s name is max! Excellent name for an adorable dog!

  9. RubyV says:

    Fille, not spaying or neutering is irresponsible, period. With the number of animals that wind up in shelters every year and get abused and euthanized, this even even a question. All it takes is your dog or cat getting out once, and there are 6-10 new dogs/cats in the world. As someone involved in animal rescue, I see the fall out of refusing to spay and neuter.

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