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Affordable spay and neutering for cats and kittens

We are still kittens, we don't want kittens of our own.
We are still kittens, we don't want kittens of our own.
Photo by Wendy Warwick White

With kitten season on the way now is a good time for a reminder of where to find affordable spay and neuter clinics. Listed are some of the options. Fees are based on the cat’s gender; any underlying health issues may incur an additional fee. Generally an appointment or reservation is required.

Programs are available to assist those with financial hardships and, in some cases an additional reduction in the already low fees applies to those serving in the military, police and fire service. The Arizona Humane Society offers 5 percent off surgery for anyone who brings in one of 5 items from the Humane Society wish list. These include paper towels, new dog or cat toys, unopened wet or dry dog/cat food, new treats or office supplies.

Humane society:
Hours for spay and neuter clinics are Tuesdays - Thursdays, 7 am - 5 pm. The Arizona Humane Society’s mobile clinic, a 60-foot hospital on wheels, goes out into the community once a month. Phone 602 997 7585 Ext. 1064 to schedule an appointment. Fees and services.

Those on assistance may qualify for the Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP). SNIP reduces the cost by 30 percent and surgery is available at the Marge Wright Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic or the Margaret McAllister Brock Veterinary Clinic. Qualifications/Costs. The Arizona Humane Society also participates in the MCACC Spay/Neuter Voucher Program.

Nip and Snip: Clinic Hours: 7am - 1pm on scheduled clinic days. Email application form or phone to make an appointment between 7am - 5pm (Mon.-Fri.) closed Sat and Sun. A veterinarian is available from 7am - 12pm on clinic days only. Phone 480 580 8666. Fees and services.

Nip and Snip has a mobile unit that parks at various Petco locations across the valley as well as some other locations. The units are inspected and licensed by the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Board to operate in Arizona. They are B.B.B. accredited and have been approved by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control who contracts Nip and Snip to perform spay and neuters for Maricopa County. Unfortunately Nip and Snip also offer declawing in certain cases.

Altered Tails: Hours: 7:30am - 5pm Tuesday through Friday, and the first Saturday of each month. To book an appointment either call: 602 943 7729 (SPAY) or email. Fees and services.

Altered Tails is one of the few agencies in the valley who provide accessible and affordable spay and neutering for free-roaming cats as well as companion animals. They were originally founded to assist the community in Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) of free-roaming and feral cats. Altered Tails has a trap, neuter and release FAQ and a trap, neuter and release program “start to finish” information page for those with free-roaming cats in their neighborhood.

Petsmart Charities has an affordable spay and neuter locator.

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