Now there is no excuse; get kitty spayed or neutered. On Thursday, December 12 the Arizona Humane Society is offering free spaying and neutering for 30 cats. What are the benefits to spaying or neutering your cat? The obvious answer would be it helps control cat over population and prevents a house full of kittens. There are other excellent reasons too.
Having your female cat spayed helps prevent serious medical conditions, such as uterine infections, and uterine/ovarian and breast cancer. It is cheaper to spay than to treat an infection, cancer or to raise a litter of kittens.
Neutering your male cat helps prevent serious medical conditions such as testicular cancer. Neutering often prevents male cats’ developing potentially negative behavior if they are neutered before maturity. They are less likely to mark their territory by spraying and less likely to roam.
Ideally kittens should be spayed or neutered prior to maturity but a healthy cat of any age can be sterilized.
The Arizona Humane Society’s free surgeries are on a first come first served bases for cats that meet the Humane Society’s surgical requirements.
- All kittens must be at least 2 months old.
- All cats or kittens must weigh at least three pounds.
- The clinics may not accept females in heat or pregnant, or males with one or both testicles undescended (crypt-orchid) due to the possibility of complications.
- To ensure the safety of the cat and clinic staff, overtly aggressive cats will only be accepted for surgery at the clinic staff’s discretion. If the cat is accepted for surgery, additional fees will apply.
- Cats must arrive in and be kept in a carrier.
Both Phoenix shelter locations are participating in this event.
Arizona Humane Society’s Marge Wright Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic 1311 W. Hatcher Road Phoenix, AZ 85021
Arizona Humane Society’s Margaret McAllister Brock Veterinary Clinic 1521 W. Dobbins Road Phoenix, AZ 85041
If you miss out on the free deal fear not; affordable and accessible spay and neuter services are still available. Normal days and 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. This month the mobile clinic will be parked through December 17-19 at Petco 6090 W. Behrend, Glendale, AZ 85308. Please call 602.997.7585 Ext. 1064 to schedule an appointment.
The normal fee, based on gender, is $40 - $59 although additional fees may apply. The Arizona Humane Society offer some specials. Their Gimme’ 10 offers 10 percent off clinic services for those with military ID, in law enforcement or firefighters. Their 1 for 5 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.
Those on assistance may qualify for the Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP). SNIP reduces the already low 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.