Spay or Neuter Your Pet! We’re Here to Help!
To schedule a low-cost spay or neuter procedure at our Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, call us today at (979) 871-4018. Please be sure to leave a message and one of our team members will return your call as soon as possible.
The SPCA-BC Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic is here to insure that every family can afford to spay or neuter their pets. Please call us today to find out if you qualify for one of our low-cost procedures. All procedures in our clinic are performed by qualified veterinarians with trained surgical assistants.
How it works. Please call 979-871-4018 to schedule your pet’s procedure. You will need to bring proof of your income. If you are on any type of government assistance, you will qualify for the lowest co-pay. Please bring proof of your eligibility for government assistance. You will also need to provide a current rabies vaccination certificate for each pet you wish to schedule for a procedure. If your pet is not current on its rabies vaccination, we can provide the vaccination for an additional $15. We will schedule your pet to receive services at our Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic in Freeport. You will check-in your pet in the morning at an appointment time scheduled between 7:00 am and 8:00 am. You will need to leave a good phone number where our volunteers can reach you throughout the day, and they will call you to schedule a check-out time later that same day, usually between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. You will need to be able to provide your pet with a safe, quiet, indoor location to recover when you get home.
What if my cat is feral? We love to spay and neuter feral or “community cats.” We recognize that these cats may be difficult to handle so you may be unable to trap them twice for rabies vaccinations and then the spay/neuter procedure. Please be sure to let us know when you schedule your appointment that the cat is feral or hard to handle, and we can make arrangements to provide vaccinations on the day of your cat’s procedure. All cats that are outdoor only/feral cats and receive vaccinations from us will be ear tipped. . . NO EXCEPTIONS. Ear tipping notches the ear. We do this during the surgery while your pet is under general anesthesia, so your cat will not feel any pain associated with the ear tipping. This will let others know that this cat is a vaccinated and cared-for community cat who has already been spayed/neutered. This avoids future trauma to this cat because it will not need to be trapped again.
The Truth About Spay/Neuter. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the greatest gifts you can give your pet, your family, and your community. These routine medical procedures not only help control pet overpopulation, but they also help prevent many medical and behavioral problems from developing, allowing your pet to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
The Unfortunate Reality. More than four million pets are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than six months old. Help stop this needless loss of life. Spay or neuter your pets!
What is Spay/Neuter? Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of female pets. Neutering (Castration) is the surgical removal of the testicles and spermatic cord of male pets.
What are some benefits of Spay/Neuter?
Healthy Pets. Spay/neuter improves your pet’s health, reducing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers and other diseases. Because spay/neuter often reduces the tendency to fight with other animals, it also protects your pet from fight-related injuries and from dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds. Spayed/neutered animals wander less and stay closer to home. As a result, they are less likely to become lost or be hit by cars.
Happy Families. Spay/neuter reduces or eliminates spraying (marking objects with a spray of urine), yowling/howling, escaping, and other troublesome behaviors. You won’t have to deal with the mess or the inconvenience of a pet in heat (or a male pet reacting to a female in heat). You’ll be saved the considerable amount of time, money, and hassle (not to mention property damage) involved in raising a litter of puppies or kittens.
Healthy Communities. Spay/neuter has a direct impact on the incidence of dog bites in a community. The majority of dog bites (60-80%) are caused by intact male dogs. Pregnant or nursing female dogs are more likely to bite as well. Reducing your pet’s likelihood of biting or fighting may also help protect you from potential legal woes. Spayed/neutered pets are less likely to engage in behaviors that could cause problems with neighbors.
No More Homeless Pets. Spay/neuter directly impacts the number of animals that lose their lives in our shelters and on our streets. Having your pet spayed or neutered frees up homes for homeless pets that are already born. By getting your pet fixed, you are part of the campaign to reach the day when there are truly no more homeless pets!
Will my pet’s behavior change after the surgery? Spay/neuter can result in some behavior changes–for the better! Spayed or neutered pets are often less aggressive, more relaxed, and even more affectionate. Contrary to what some people fear, pets show no signs of “missing” mating or breeding. Rather, they are more content without those raging hormones!
Will my pet become fat? Just like people, pets become overweight when they eat too much and/or exercise too little. An appropriate diet and sufficient activity will keep your pet slender and healthy.
How young can a dog or cat by spayed/neutered? Puppies and kittens can now be spayed very early–as young as eight weeks. Though they may seem fragile at that age, healthy puppies and kittens are actually quite strong and recover quickly from the surgery.
But, what if I want my kids to have the experience of raising puppies or kittens? Contact us today and find out about our foster program for expectant and new mothers. Your family may be able to play a valuable role as a foster family for newborn puppies or kittens, giving them the great start in life they need!
The Health Benefits of Spaying Your Female Pet
- If spayed before the first heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer. If spayed after one heat cycle, the risk increases to 8%, and after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26%!
- Spaying eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
- Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies and all risks associated with giving birth.
- Spaying eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
The Health Benefits of Neutering Your Male Pet
- Neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the second most common cancer in male dogs.
- Neutering greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis.
- Neutering reduces the risk of perianal tumors.
- Neutering reduces roaming and fighting.
- Neutering eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before the onset of these behaviors.
- Neutering eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
So what are you waiting for? Call today to schedule your pet’s spay/neuter!