Benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered
Having your pet spayed/neutered is part of being a responsible pet owner. It can have a dramatic and positive impact on the life of your pet, your life and the whole community. It will prevent unwanted and unnecessary litters.
For the pet:
- Decreases the chance for several types of fatal cancers and infections
- Reduces negative behavioral tendencies.
- The pet is more likely to stay at home which:
1. Decreases the chance of getting hit by a car.
2. Decreases the chance of being injured in a fight.
3. Decreases the chance of catching fatal diseases from other animals.
For the owner:
- No more messy heat seasons.
- Will positively impact the number of stray animals hanging around the house.
- Will help with behavioral issues and make it easier to keep at home.
- Pet is much less likely to bite or be aggressive.
- No raising and finding homes for puppies or kittens.
The problem with not having your pet spayed or neutered
- Most accidental breeding of pets occurs in spite of the watchful eye of the owner.
- A vast majority of these pets end up loose on the streets or in local shelters.
- Placing all of the puppies or kittens from a litter in another home is not the answer. These animals may end up producing more puppies or kittens if the new owner does not have them spayed or neutered.
- Pet overpopulation is expensive for taxpayers.
- An enormous amount of animals are euthanized at municipal shelters.
For more information on spay/neuter, please visit the links below.
The facts about having your pet spayed/neutered
It is best to have a pet spayed or neutered before six months of age, however it can be done after six months. Both of these procedures are performed while the animal is completely asleep - there is no pain during the surgery. Most animals completely recover within a day or two after the procedure. The is a cost to you for having your pet spayed/neutuered. The cost is part of being a responsible pet owner, just like buying food and getting your pets vaccinated. If you have questions, consult your veterinarian or call Bernalillo County Animal Care at 468-PETS (7387).
Financial assistance is available to help qualifying pet owners spay or neuter their pets
Bernalillo County offers a financial assistance program for pet owners to help with the cost of having their dog or cat spayed or neutered. The program is called the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, or SNAP, and it provides financial assistance that covers most, if not all, of having a pet sterilized at one of five participating veterinarians. For more information, call 468-PETS (7387).
Other community spay/neuter programs
Watermelon Ranch Spay/Neuter Clinic
Additional spay/neuter opportunities in the community