Keep your cat or dog healthy, and reduce overcrowding in shelters.
If you spay or neuter your pet, you’ll help stop animal overpopulation. Sixty percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats in shelters are euthanized because of lack of space or resources, says the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Sterilizing can also help shield your pet from uterine infections and breast cancer and prevent testicular cancer. Check out these sites for low-cost procedures.
- Friendsofanimals.org sells certificates for sterilization ($65–$90; click on “Spay/Neuter Certificates”).
- Petsandanimals.org/spayneuter_services.html lists low-priced programs.
- Aspcaspay.org provides a database showing inexpensive services in your community.
- Spayusa.org gives you a referral to a nearby clinic.