First, I’m glad you’re here. Having your pet spayed or neutered is an important step in being a responsible pet owner. Millions of perfectly healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every year because there just aren’t enough homes for them. Your pet will benefit from being spayed or neutered because of the many health and medical benefits of spaying and neutering, and YOU will benefit from all of the behavioral issues you’ll be preventing!
We’ll talk about these benefits in more detail at the end of this article. Spaying typically costs between $100 and $200 and neutering typically costs between $50 and $100. Let’s talk about some ways to find free spay or neuter clinics near you.
Here are some of the easiest ways to find low-cost or free spay or neuter clinics in your area.
1. Google “free spay neuter near me”. If any clinics are available in your area, they’ll show up.
2. Ask your veterinarian. You should call your veterinarian and also several other local veterinarians to ask for a recommendation for low-cost or free spaying or neutering. My veterinarian works with a local feral-cat rescue program and provides spaying and neutering for them. I was able to get my new kitten, Whiskers, neutered plus all of his first shots for $100 through that feral-cat program. It’s worth asking.
4. Call your local SPCA. They may know of programs in your area.
North Shore Animal League
They have a program called, North Shore Animal League America’s SpayUSA.® It’s a nationwide referral network for affordable spay and neuter services. They’ve been helping thousands of people nationwide to obtain low cost spay and neutering services for their pets for more than 20 years. You can get information about their program, along with tons of information about spaying and neutering your pet HERE.
You can receive a free flyer from North Shore Animal League about the benefits of spaying and neutering by clicking one or both of these links:
If you live in New York City, Los Angeles or Western North Carolina, you can take advantage of low cost spay neuter programs through the ASPCA HERE.
You can find additional free spay or neuter clinics available in New York City HERE.
Care Credit is a credit card that is accepted by most vet’s offices. They offer no-interest financing for certain promotional periods. This may make the cost of spaying or neutering your pet more manageable, and it’s also nice to have this card in case you ever need emergency medical care for your pet. You can check out their website HERE.
Some of the medical benefits of spaying or neutering your pet include:
Female pets will live longer because spaying helps prevent certain infections, tumors and cancers, and also makes them content to stay indoors and out of danger. Males will likely live longer because they won’t have the strong urge to go outside, and neutering male pets also helps prevent prostrate problems and testicular cancer.
Some of the behavioral benefits of spaying or neutering your pet include:
Your female pet will not go into heat. If you’ve ever owned a cat in heat, you know what I’m talking about when I say it’s beyond frustrating. Females in heat will howl or meow constantly, and sometimes spray or urinate all over the house.
Pets who aren’t neutered or spayed are more likely urinate or spray around the house, are more likely to get into fights with other animals and sometimes show aggression. They’re also in danger of getting hit by a car, being injured in a fight with other animals, getting lost outside, suffering from the dangers of bad weather, and are exposed to various diseases because they’re outdoors more often.
I hope this has helped, and again, I’m so glad you’ve made the decision to have your pet neutered or spayed. If you’d like more information on how to get help paying for your pet’s medical expenses, read my article, Help with Vet Bills – Ways to Pay for What Your Pet Needs.
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