How to Find Low Cost Spay and Neuter Programs for Your Pet
In the USA alone more than 4 million pets (estimates as high as 8 million) are put to death simply because of people who have failed to spay or neuter their pet. This is preventable if more people would spay, or neuter, their pet.
Many people blame lack of funds for their inability to have their pets properly fixed. In many areas this is no longer a valid argument as many bigger cities, and some smaller ones, now have low cost spay and neuter options, some programs are even free. And so you ask just how does a person find low cost spay or neuter programs to have their pet fixed for free or cheap?
Finding low cost spay and neuter programs may be tricky as they are seldom advertised for fear of abuse. Sometimes these programs operate out of a single location, or veterinarian office, other times they are mobile clinics that travel around. Sometimes spaying or neutering is done at a discount, other times it may be totally free.
You might try asking your veterinarian about these discount spay neuter options however they may not tell you, and to be fair, they might not even know, unless it is something they offer. The best place to contact is your local SPCA, humane society, or animal rescue group. Some animal shelters themselves offer discounts for spaying and neutering. All you have to do is ask. Most shelters have their numbers listed in the phone book under Animal Rescue, or Charities. A veterinarian, or pet store, can even tell you the phone number of shelters and rescues in your area.
Some veterinarians offer reduce rates or spaying or neutering or will allow you to pay them off over time. This is often only available to people whom the vet has had a long standing relationship with and trusts fully to pay back their debt. Veterinarians themselves are not non-profit organizations. They work to get paid and make a living and often have other staff to pay too. As well they have a lot of costly equipment and years of education to pay for.
In areas where there are veterinary schools these schools may offer spaying and neutering services at reduced costs.
There are many benefits of sterilizing a cat or dog so this should not be overlooked.
A person who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pet quite honestly should not get one, or they can consider getting one that has already been spayed or neutered.
A person who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pet, should not let that animal out of their house. This is particularly true of cats who can get out of the yard, but is also true of dogs in that they should not be outside unless properly fenced so that not only can they not get out, but that other dogs cannot get in.
Vets do have pills they can offer that take a pet out of heat.
Start saving money, even $5 or $10 at a time. This should begin even before getting a pet.
While each veterinarian will have a different age they prefer to fix pets at, many prefer to spay female animals around six months of age, and neuter males around 8 – 10 months, or when their testicles descend.
If a person has both male and female animals, getting the female animals spayed should be a priority.
Spaying or neutering has health benefits other than just reducing the unwanted pet population.
Pets that are not spayed or neutered should be kept indoors when in heat.
When and if you can afford it, be sure to offer funding to your local spay and neuter low cost program so that these services can be offered to others.
Read: The Heat Cycle of a Dog
Read: The Heat Cycle of a Cat