Across the country animal advocates and animal care and rescue organizations recognize February as National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month.
Spaying and neutering your cat or dog is one of the most responsible steps you can take for caring for your pet. Spaying female pets and neutering male pets helps dramatically reduce the devastatingly high number of pets that are euthanized in our country every year.
Pet overpopulation contributes to an endless amount of suffering for companion animals. In the United States between three and four million adoptable pets are euthanized in shelters every year due to lack of space. In metro Atlanta, more than 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized every year.
There are many health benefits associated with having your pet spayed or neutered. Spaying your female pet before her first heat significantly reduces her chances of getting certain types of cancer. Male cats and dogs are at a reduced risk of testicular cancer when neutered. Click here for more information on the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets.
In today's tough economy it can be a significant financial hardship for many pet parents to pay for the procedures at a traditional veterinary practice. However, there are a number of organizations in metro Atlanta that offer safe and effective low cost spay and neuter services on a regular basis:
- Lifeline Animal Project has spay/neuter clinics in Avondale Estates and College Park that offer low cost services Monday through Thursday. Click here for a list of fees for spay and neuter services.
- Planned Pethood in Duluth offers low cost spay and neuter services Monday through Thursday. Click here for a list of services and fees.
- WellPet Humane is a veterinary clinic in Chamblee that provides quality medical care at an affordable cost. Click here for a list of services and fees.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), through a partnership with PetSmart Charities, offers a comprehensive and searchable database that will help you find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community.
Click here to find out what Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah is doing to increase the number of animals being spayed and neutered.