Spay & Neuter

2011_fc_briannaThe Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter join thousands of other shelters around the United States in the mission to help reduce the number of homeless animal

Feline Spay/Neuter Vouchers

We sponsor a Feline Spay/Neuter Low Cost Voucher Program, offering low-cost vouchers for the neutering of a male cat and for the spaying of a female cat at select local veterinary clinics.

To participate and have your cat and/or kitten sterilized, contact or visit the shelter to purchase a voucher (while supplies last.)

Through our local veterinary partners,  you will redeem your voucher to have low cost sterilization for cats and kittens.

Costs include:
- $20 for sterilization and vaccinations (CVR-CP and Rabies as appropriate).

$35 for sterilization, vaccinations (CVR-CP and Rabies as appropriate) and combo test.

$5 additional for microchip.

For an additional $5.00 fee, your pet will receive the lifesaving protection of microchip identification.  $10 extra for registration, if wanted.

Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Vouchers

We also sponsor low cost spay/neuter vouchers for $25 for pit bull or pit-mix dogs. Please contact the shelter for further information.



What is sterilization

Spay/neuter are surgical operations performed on animals that stop them from being able to reproduce. Females are spayed, males are neutered.

The clinical name for “spay” is ovariohysterectomy. When a female is spayed, her ovaries and uterus are removed. The clinical name for “neuter” is orchidectomy. When a male is neutered, his testicles are removed.
Spaying and neutering are the most common—and among the safest—of operations performed on animals. For more information about spay/neuter, please consult your veterinarian.

Why you should sterilize your pets:

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for Your Pet

  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You

  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Neutering cats makes them less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Spaying a dog or cat eliminates her heat cycle. Estrus lasts an average of six to 12 days, often twice a year, in dogs and an average of six to seven days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat can cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • Unsterilized animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
  • Spaying and neutering can make pets less likely to bite.
  • Neutering makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into trouble.

Spaying or Neutering Is Good for the Community

  • Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
  • Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
  • Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
  • Stray pets and homeless animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.
  • Some stray animals also scare away or kill birds and wildlife.
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