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Don’t miss the Cats in Tow Garage and Bake Sale Fundraiser tomorrow! You never know what exciting bargains you will find. But you do know that will be helping kitties and small dogs enjoy better lives. 100% of the profits of the garage sale will go towards helping cats and dogs find their forever homes.
Many low-cost options exist for spay/neuter services. Most regions of the U.S. have at least one spay/neuter clinic within driving distance that charge $100 or less for the procedure, and many veterinary clinics provide discounts through subsidized voucher programs. Low-cost spay/neuter is more and more widely available all the time. Start with this low-cost spay/neuter finder.
“Oh, but it will cost too much money to get my cat/dog spayed/neutered.”
Our current series is focused on some of the reasons that people do not get their pets spayed or neutered. Our starting point is this well-done page from the Humane Society’s website.
We have discussed the numbers: how many cats and dogs could be saved each year if we all spayed or neutered our cats and dogs. We have looked at biology: how you cannot get a carbon copy of your pet if you breed them and how many shelters have purebred animals. Next: money.
It is a difficult subject for some people. But the fact is that if you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet, you need to think about whether getting a pet is right in the first place. There will be vet costs to keeping your pet healthy. This is just one of them, and spaying and neutering prevents many more costs in the long run. As discussed earlier in the series, spaying/neutering actually prevents certain cancers, as well as relieving your pet of the stress of mating and giving birth.
But in the long run, the greatest savings is in the lives of the cats and dogs who do not find homes.
It does not have to be all or nothing though. There are many low cost options. First, get your pet from a shelter. Shelter dogs and cats should be neutered/spayed already. Yes, there is a small charge to adopt from a shelter, but the cost of the spaying/neutering, as well as a full vet check up is included in that.
If you have a dog or cat that is not spayed or neutered, the Humane Society has many resources. Enter your zip code here to find low-cost spay and neuter options. This page has additional resources for low-cost vet care.
The costs of spaying/neutering is far less than possible future costs.
Our current series is exploring why so many pets go without loving homes, or worse are killed. The number one reason is that people do not have their pets spayed or neutered. But why? Why do people resist doing something that could save millions, yes millions, of lives every year?
The Humane Society’s website has a very good overview of some of the more popular myths surrounding this resistance.
In this post, we will talk about a well-meaning but wrong-headed myth: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Of course we would all do our best to make sure the homes of our beloved pets offspring are good homes. But first, how can we be sure of this? Are they friends? Have we seen them with their pets? Have we observed them when they are stressed or in a bad mood? How do they handle it? Have we seen their home? Have we seen their facilities for their pets? Do we know that they will get regular vet care for the pet? Do we know that they have the finances to deal with emergencies?
Even with friends, many of these questions will go unanswered. But the biggest question is, will they then spay or neuter that animal or will they let the animal have a litter? There is no way to guarantee that they will. Even if they say they will, can you believe the promise? If they don’t, can you live with the fact that that animal may then produce hundreds of unwanted offspring?
You cannot control other people. The only thing you can do is spay or neuter your pet. But this is a huge thing and will save hundreds of lives.