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Spay / Neuter Resources FAQ

The Feline Rescue Network provides a list of worldwide low cost or free spay & neuter resources for pets and ferals. In the USA, you may search by location or area code and, in those States or Provinces with many resources, you may search by County or locale. We've now added low cost and free dog spay/neuter information, too, as available!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is eligible for these low cost or free programs?

  2. How old must my cat be to be altered?

  3. Where can I find low cost or free spay and neuter?


  4. What's the Average Price of S/N?


  5. Why is Spay and Neuter so strongly recommended?


  6. What about vaccinations?


  7. My state/province has many listings. Should I search by county or by area code?


  8. What's the accuracy of the S/N list on this site and how often does it update?

Answers

  1. Who is eligible for these low cost or free programs?

    Answer
    Various S/N programs operate with different guidelines, some working only with the pets (cats and dogs) of people who have low incomes, others serving only pets (dogs and cats) or only feral (untamed, free roaming) cats without regard to the income level of the owner or caretaker, and yet others serving all kinds of people and cats.
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  2. How old must my cat be to be altered?

    Answer
    Information about early spay and neuter is often a surprise to many people. DO READ WHAT THE EXPERTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT EARLY SPAY & NEUTER.
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  3. Where can I find low cost or free spay and neuter?

    Answer
    You can find resources in USA or CANADA or EUROPE in our listings . If no resources in your area are listed there, you can possibly find other spay/neuter resources, perhaps even some with lower prices, by phoning local/regional humane societies and rescue groups. Such groups usually stay informed of spay/neuter services in their region. If you have are a military person or fostering for a military person or you have rescued a cat or dog or you are the caretaker of ferals, ask local vet clinics whether they offer some kind of military or good-Samaritan discount.
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  4. What's the Average Price of S/N?

    Answer
    The price of spay and/or neuter may vary widely in a small geographic area, even within the same municipality. No matter what the price of spay and neuter are, the price of NOT spaying or neutering a pet is likely to be much higher:
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  5. Why is Spay and Neuter so strongly recommended?

    Answers:
  1. A pregnancy may endanger your pet and bring major vet bills. Also, in the long run, indiscriminate breeding of pets may cause increased feral populations and euthanasias. Remember even kittens can start mating as early as six months.
     
  2. Unaltered cats and dogs have urges that can make them irritable and anxious. They may yowl or whine, fight with other cats, and/or destroy objects in the house.
     
  3. Whole male cats and dogs are more likely to roam, fight and spray indiscriminately. Research indicates that 80% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered males.
     
  4. Spaying a female before her first heat protects her from risks inherent in any pregnancy and the risk of uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers. Spaying also protects her from the stresses of pregnancy.
     
  5. A whole female pet may mark your home with urine when in heat.
     
  6. Even indoor-only house cats often find ways to get outdoors when sexual urges peak. Whether they disappear for good (due to panic, accidents, or predators) or they return home, kittens may result from the foray.
     
  7. Whole male cats have very potently odorous urine, which, even if they don't mark their territory, markedly increases litterbox chores.
     
  8. Alters tend to be less subject to "moods" due to hormone changes than whole animals.

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  10. Cats who soil outside their litterbox may stop soiling if spayed or neutered. However, it may take up to two months after the operation to achieve this effect, so it's best to alter early, before such behavior can start.
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  1. What about low cost vaccinations?

    Answer
    When you check prices, also ask about the price of the Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus tests for cats and heartworm tests & vaccines for dogs as well as the price of routine feline vaccinations and dog vaccinations necessary to prevent illness.
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  2. My state/province has many listings. Should I search by county or by area code?

    Answer
    If your state/province has many listings, we provide both options. Often one shared area code indicates that the area is close by, but sometimes an area code straddles disparate areas that are far flung and may require a toll call. Sometimes two different area codes may very closely situated to each other and may not require a toll call. Some County agencies offer low cost or free spay and neuter to the pets of residents only. Sometimes there are also regional listings to be considered. It is strongly advised you check your state/province listing first. After checking both lists, you can decide which to contact to ask about their services based on your knowledge of your area. Do comparison shop for spay and neuter services - some 800 numbers may save some pennies on your telephone bill, but the spay or neuter may cost you more than a more local toll call.
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  3. What's the accuracy of the S/N list on this site and how often does it update?

    Answer
    While every effort has been made to check that the listings provided are correct and up to date, you are advised to contact the program to be certain. If, when you contact one of the programs listed, you obtain updated information, or, if you know about other low cost or free spay/neuter programs, please do contact us with the information so we can keep this resource timely and accurate. We update our resources at least twice a month.
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