If you’ve been delaying getting your pet spayed or neutered, it’s time to take advantage of some special programs during National Spay and Neuter Month. In Chicago, Tree House Humane Society is offering discounted services for kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, along with free services for feral cats.
“We are able to offer reduced services during February with the help of Cook County’s Spay/Neuter Rebate and a grant from the Humane Society of the United States,” says Jenny Schuelter, development director for Tree House. “During February, Cook County residents can receive two $40 rebates towards the dost of Spay/Neuter surgeries.”
You’ll need a valid Cook County rabies certificate and tag to qualify and you may get your pet vaccinated the day of surgery at an extra fee. All procedures will be at the BDVM Mac Lean Spay & Neuter Clinic at Tree House’s Bucktown branch at 1629 North Ashland. The packages are as follows:
- Free packages for feral/free roaming cats.
- For individuals receiving public assistance, surgeries for pet male cats are free, female pet cats are $13, male pet dogs are $27 and female pet dogs are $55.
- For the general public, surgeries for male pet cats are $10, female pet cats are $35, male pet dogs are $55 and female pet dogs are 95. All dogs for any package must be less than 50 pounds.
Throughout February, Cook County residents can receive two $40 rebates towards the cost of Spay/Neuter surgeries. On Tuesday, February 26, Tree House will celebrate World Spay Day with a free Spay-A-Thon for 50 free roaming cats. There is a limit of five cats per person and the cats must be brought in traps and dropped off and picked up on that day. Advance appoints are required.
If you are not able to make it into Tree House, various veterinary offices in Cook County also are offering the $40 spay/neuter rebate as well. The best way to reduce the pet overpopulation is to spay/neuter your pets. Tree House also points to the following benefits.
Benefits to Spaying/Neutering Pets
- It improves your pet’s long-term health prospects by eliminating the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer in females and testicular cancer in male cats.
- It cuts down on your pets desire to escape outside while in heat (or tracking a female in heat for males), which keeps your pet safer from outside dangers and cuts down on the potential of them getting other diseases.
- Spay/neutering cuts down on some temperament and behavioral issues.
- It creates a happier community by cutting back on free-roaming strays that can be a nuisance by causing damage and keeping neighbors up at night by fighting and catcalling.
- It saves lives because fewer unwanted kittens and puppies will be born, eliminating the need to euthanize millions of animals each year.
Call 773-227-5535 ext. 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Because services will include spay/neuter, vaccinations, parasite treatment, pain medication, microchipping and virus testing, prices will vary. Tree House Humane Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest cageless, no-kill shelter that specializes in saving sick and injured cats. Learn more about THHS online or follow them on Facebook.