Spay/Neuter Myths & Facts
Myth: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
Fact: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and
age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other
variables. Some low-cost options are listed on this page. In general, the
one-time cost of a spay or neuter surgery is a relatively small cost
when compared to the cost of ensuring the health of the mother and
litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the
litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food
costs, particularly if complications develop. Expenses begin even
before a dog or cat is bred: a responsible, educated breeder screens
the potential breeding animal for conditions that might be detrimental
to the offspring. The breeder may take the breeding animals (potential
mother and father) to a board-certified ophthalmologist to make sure
they don't have cataracts or other hereditary eye conditions that might
impact the lives of the offspring. Many large breeds are susceptible to
hip dysplasia or other orthopedic conditions, so it may be necessary to
have some of the joints of the prospective parent x-rayed and/or
evaluated. Breeds that are susceptible to heart problems may require a
visit to a board-certified cardiologist prior to becoming parents. Some
breeds may require DNA tests for hidden genetic conditions.
Responsible, educated breeders often spend thousands of dollars
screening their breeding stock for hereditary diseases.
Myth: It's easy to find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Fact: It's not enough to find just any home for the babies. New owners
need to understand that getting a new puppy or new kitten is a
commitment for the life of the pet. They need to be prepared to care
for the pet even when it gets sick or old. A responsible breeder also
makes a commitment to the litters he/she produces for the life of the
animal. That means that if, a few years down the road, the adoptive
home can't keep the puppy or kitten for whatever reason (moving,
divorce, illness), the responsible breeder will assist with re-homing or
take the dog or cat back into his/her home whenever possible.
Myth: All puppies and kittens should be spayed or neutered at a very
Fact: Pediatric spaying and neutering is a good solution for some
situations, but it may not be the right choice for every pet in a
responsible home. Consult your veterinarian and your breeder as to
the right time to have your pet spayed or neutered, particularly if it is
a large breed dog.
Myth: Nobody should ever breed another litter of puppies or kittens.
Fact: Responsible breeding programs for dogs and cats add quality to
the lives of many people. Many of us support thoughtful programs by
responsible breeders who are dedicated to the perpetuation and
well-being of our companion animals. However, there are many
unplanned, unwanted litters born every day. In an effort to impact the
numbers of unwanted litters, the Ohio Pet Fund offers grants to
veterinarians, animal shelters, humane societies and nonprofit
organizations who assist with sterilization costs for low-income pet
owners and pet owners who adopt from shelters and nonprofit
RASCAL - mobile low cost clinic based in
Franklin county; travels to other counties.
Friends of Animals
Citizens for Humane Animal Practices
(Cats only) 330-724-6181
852 E Hudson St, Columbus, Ohio
Citizens for Humane Action
Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit
Care Pet Clinic
Humane Society of Delaware Co.
Franklin County Dog Shelter
Knox County Humane Society
City of Cleveland Kennel
Spay Neuter Clinic
A Snip in Time
Maumee Valley Save a Pet
Wyandot County Humane Society
Holmes County Humane Society
Angels for Animals
Animal Protection Guild
Stow Kent Animal Hospital Inc.
This vet honors spay/neuter certificates!
Please first contact the vet clinic then call
Friends of Animals at 1-800-321-PETS to
purchase the certificate.
Southern Ohio Area
Advocates For Animals, Inc.
Humane Society of Greene Co.
Mason Family Pet Hospital
United Coalition for Animals
Pet Advocate League
The Spay/Neuter Clinic
All Creatures Animal Hospital
513-797-7387 ext. 109
Sierra's Haven for New & Used Pets
Miami County Animal Shelter
Do you know of a low cost
spay/neuter program in your
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