Spaying and neutering provide health benefits in addition to preventing litters. Spaying helps prevent uterine infection and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Neutering can prevent testicular cancer if done before 6 months of age. Neutering also reduces roaming, and nuisances such as foul odors in spraying by cats. It can reduce aggressiveness and fighting among both dogs and cats.
Under most circumstances, it is against the law in Albuquerque to own a dog or cat unless you have it spayed or neutered. There are programs that can provide the services at no charge for low-income and moderate-income residents. There also are programs that will help you arrange for the free spay and neuter of the street cats in your neighborhood, to help control the cat population while providing humane treatment of the animals.
People put off spay/neuter due to issues of money, transportation, or time. Some people believe it’s more fair to allow the cat to mate “just this once” — or they think a female cat’s pregnancy and kittens will be sweet or educational for their human children. Also, some people don’t know that:
Alley Cat Allies is the national organization teaching local governments, organizations, animal control agencies, and the public about feral cats and about reducing feral cat populations through trap/neuter/release (TNR). Cats are released back to their original home site (as long as it’s safe), with daily food and caretaker supervision.
PetFix Northeast Ohio, Inc. Mobile low-cost spay/neuter clinic www.petfixnortheastohio.org [email protected] Serves low-income owners, free-roaming cat caregivers, and agencies offering cats and dogs for adoption in northeast Ohio. They’ve altered over 21,000 animals since they hit the road in 2006.
Hawaiian Humane Society 2700 Waialae Avenue Honolulu 96826 FAX 955-6034 Conducts drawings to give free spay or neuter each week to 20 cats. Write or fax them — include your name, address, phone, and the cat’s name and gender.
Animal Advocates of Howard County PO Box 1403 Ellicott City, MD 21041 410-880-2488 Offers information about low cost s/n in the area. Also, offers free s/n for pets of people with low income. Also, holds an annual male cat neuter-a-thon for very low price neutering.
I can’t find any spay/neuter providers near me.Please try searching within a larger mile radius, within 25 or 50 miles. If you still don’t see spay/neuter providers near you, don’t give up! You can try searching Google for low cost spay neuter options.
About vaccinations. Based on recent research about vaccine safety, effectiveness, and duration of effect, most veterinarians are not giving as many vaccinations as in the past. (Rabies vaccinations, however, are required by law in many localities). Decisions about vaccinations should be based on current knowledge about vaccines and the cat’s age, lifestyle, and health status. For the latest recommendations about what vaccinations to give and when and to whom, see the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Vaccination Guidelines and related info at the the Winn Foundation site.
Prices can vary widely even in the same city. Also, when discussing prices, be sure to ask whether there are any other charges or fees in addition to the price of the spay/neuter. For example, sometimes a clinic will require that a cat receive a rabies vaccination if he has not already had one. (Rabies vaccinations are required by law in many areas of the U.S.)
About vaccinations. Based on recent research about vaccine safety, effectiveness, and duration of effect, most veterinarians are not giving as many vaccinations as in the past. (Rabies vaccinations, however, are required by law in many localities). Decisions about vaccinations should be based on current knowledge about vaccines and the cat’s age, lifestyle, and health status. For the latest recommendations about what vaccinations to give and when and to whom, see the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Feline Vaccination Guidelines and see DVM Newsmagazine’s summary.
The Sam Simon Foundation The Sam Simon Foundation’s mobile veterinary clinic offers a variety of free surgeries for cats and dogs belonging to families that earn less than $40,000 per year. Aside from doing high-volume spays & neuters once a week, it also performs mass removals, amputations, bladder stone removals, eye removals, entropion repair, inguinal hernia repair and more. For more information, including a list of surgeries that it does and doesn’t do, you may visit www.ssfmobileclinic.org. *Please note that this is strictly a surgery clinic, and does not offer general exams or perform diagnostics.To request a free spay/neuter surgery, send an email request to: [email protected] (requests for spays & neuters can only be made via email). To request a free surgery that is not a spay/neuter, either send an email to [email protected], or leave a message at 1-888-364-7729.
Please try searching within a larger mile radius, within 25 or 50 miles. If you still don’t see spay/neuter providers near you, don’t give up! You can try searching Google for low cost spay neuter options.
Every Wednesday, at our vet clinic, is reserved for the first 40 first come, first served, feral cats for FREE sterilization and rabies vaccination. Cats must be in humane traps or carrier. Ear notching is required. In the last three years, 17,678 cats, (including 4,325 feral) were sterilized for FREE, preventing tens of thousands more in unwanted births.
Below are programs that provide low cost or free spay/neutering, listed by state. Some programs work only with pets of people with low incomes. Some do not consider income but serve only pet cats — or only feral (untame) cats. But other programs serve all kinds of dogs and cats. We believe the listing details below are correct at this writing, but call the program to be sure.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Kanab, UT 84741-5001 435-644-2001 435-644-2078 fax email: [email protected] web site Low cost spay/neuter clinic open to the public for ferals and pet cats. Also, a mobile van s/n clinic periodically visits remote areas in Utah and northern Arizona. Best Friends also offers a free manual at their web site about how to start a low cost spay/neuter program. The manual can also be requested by phone or mail.
Washburn County Area Humane Society Spooner, WI 715-468-4200 Helps pay for spay/neuter for pets of people of fixed income or low income. If you know about other low cost or free spay/neuter programs or if you have updates to our listings, please email us.
The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free spay or neuter services for the cats and dogs of low-income and moderate-income Albuquerque residents. Surgeries are offered on Tuesday through Friday at the East Side Animal Shelter Veterinary Clinic Only. There also is a voucher program that can pay for surgeries at participating private veterinary clinics. Details about the times, qualifications and services are provided below, among the answers to frequently asked questions.