According to the Humane Society of the US, there are more than 400,000 stray cats in Massachusetts alone. Spaying and neutering pets is one of the most important ways we can curb animal overpopulation and ensure the humane treatment of animals.
Why is it humane to spay/neuter your pet?
- Over 100,000 animals are surrendered to shelters or abandoned each year in Massachusetts, and only about 40% will be lucky enough to find new homes.
- The cumulative offspring of just two fertile cats can produce up to 54 more cats in only ONE year! In a fairly short time, that one litter of adorable kittens and its cumulative offspring can become hundreds of thousands of unwanted cats.
- Spaying/neutering your pet is the only sure way to prevent the birth of unwanted litters. Some people think that spaying/neutering their pet is cruel, but the exact opposite is true! This procedure actually protects the health of your pet! For example, spayed females will avoid the risks of pregnancy and uterine infections, and will be far less likely to develop mammary cancer later in life. Neutering also discourages male cats from roaming-decreasing the likelihood of fights, car accidents, and disease.
Low cost spay/neuter clinics:
The Animal Rescue League offers low cost spay and neuter services. Spay/Neuter costs $100 and includes surgery, physical exam, rabies vaccine, and flea/ear fd mite treatment if necessary. For additional information see the ARL website: www.arlboston.org
The Catmobile offers low-cost spay/neuter – Catmobile
Alliance for Animals Metro Action Clinic in South Boston provides low cost spay/neuter and other veterinary services for cats and dogs. Call or visit their web site for directions and current fees: Alliance for Animals Metro Action Clinic
Medfield Animal Shelter – hosts one or two low cost spay/neuter clinics for cats under 5 years of age each month. The cost is $85 female and $75 for a male and includes a rabies vaccination. Call or visit their website: Medfield Animal Shelter
MSPCA SNAP – Spay/Neuter Assistance Program – SNAP is intended to assist low-income pet owners afford the cost of spaying/neutering their pet. The MSPCA and Mass. Veterinary Medical Association offer eligible pet owners a discount on spay/neuter surgery. For more information regarding this program or to access their downloadable application, go to MSPCA’s website: www.mspca.org.