Spaying or neutering is one of the greatest gifts you can provide your pet, your family, and your community.
These routine medical procedures not only help control pet overpopulation, they may also prevent medical and behavioral problems from developing, allowing your pet to lead a longer, healthier and happier life.
What is spaying and neutering?
Will my pet’s behavior change after the surgery?
What does it cost?
But, what if I want my kids to have the experience of raising puppies or kittens?
Isn’t it healthier for my pet to have one litter?
How long does it take for an animal to recover from the procedure?
What are some beneﬁts of spaying and neutering pets?
Spaying and neutering improves your pet’s health, reducing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. Because spay/neuter reduces the tendency to ﬁght with other animals, it also protects your pet from ﬁght-related injuries and from dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds. Spayed/neutered animals wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to be lost or hit by cars.
Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates spraying (marking objects with a spray of urine), yowling/howling, escaping, and other troublesome behaviors. You won’t have to deal with the mess or the inconvenience of a pet in heat (or a male pet reacting to a female in heat). You’ll be saved a considerable amount of time, money, and hassle (not to mention property damage!) involved in raising litters of puppies or kittens.
Spaying and neutering has a direct impact on the incidence of dog bites in a community. The majority of dog bites (60–80 percent) are caused by intact male dogs. Pregnant or nursing female dogs are more likely to bite as well. Reducing your pet’s likelihood of biting or ﬁghting may also help protect you from potential legal action. Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to engage in behaviors that could cause problems with neighbors.
No More Homeless Pets.
Spaying and neutering directly impacts the number of animals that lose their lives in our shelters and on our streets. Having your pet spayed or neutered frees up homes for homeless pets that are already born. By getting your pet ﬁxed, you are part of the campaign to reach the day when there are truly no more homeless pets!
So, make an appointment today with your veterinarian to spay or neuter your pets. They’ll be happier, and so will you!
- Spay/neuter vouchers for low-income residents
- Feral and community cat spay/neuter vouchers
- Oceanside Animal Clinic: 360-642-2232
- You can support spay/neuter by purchasing a “We Love Our Pets” license plate here in Washington. Sales support a grant program serving shelters like ours, to subsidize spay/neuter.
Spaying and Neutering Vouchers
Vouchers are available on a limited basis (thanks, sponsors!).
Are you able to support our spaying and neutering programs?