Why Spay or Neuter?
| 1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
|6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
7. It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
LOW-COST AND FREE SPAY/NEUTER RESOURCES
Friends of Animals – Spay/Neuter Certificate Program
Includes rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, e-collar, nail trim.
Community leaders in low income areas can reserve the mobile clinic in your community.*
Maddie’s Spay/Neuter Project, all five boroughs*
Spanish language flyer is available online
All About Spay Neuter Inc.
P. O. Box 140098
Howard Beach, New York
Muffin’s Pet Connection Spay/Neuter Certificate Program
All 5 boroughs, Long Island, Westchester
New Rochelle Humane Society Low Cost Spay/Neuter Certificates
Bideawee Veterinary Practice*
410 East 38th Street, between First Ave and FDR Drive
Humane Society of New York Animal Clinic
306 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022
The Toby Project
See website or call for qualifications and clinic locations and hours
Spay Neuter Intervention Project (SNIP)
P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County
Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare, Inc. Spay/Neuter Certificate
(check website for list of participating vets)
*For low-income / public assistance residents
STRAY AND FERAL CATS SERVICES
Feral Cat Initiative
Urban Cat League
Neighborhood Cats (also national)
Toby Project Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Program
ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital
424 East 92nd Street
For feral cat TNR caretakers who would like to spay/neuter 15 or more healthy feral cats at one time.
CSM Stray Foundation
Linda’s Feral Cat Assistance
PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
Animal Medical Center
510 East 62nd St. (corner of York Ave.)
410 West 55th St. (between 9th and 10th Ave.)
107-24 71st Road (between Austin St. and Queens Blvd.), Forest Hills
Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) NORTH
318 Warren St. (between Smith and Court St.)
Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) SOUTH
2220 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11234
32 4th Ave. (at Pacific St.)
CompleteCare Veterinary Center
**Speaks English, Italian. Russian, Spanish, and Ukranian**
1293 Clove Rd. (near corner of Glenwood Ave.)
FINANCIAL AID FOR VET CARE
Mayor’s Alliance low-cost pet care options (i.e. microchipping, vaccinations, etc.)
NYC Low Cost Vet Mobile (alternates between AC&C Manhattan and Brooklyn shelter locations; excludes spay/neuter surgery)