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The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter joins thousands of other shelters around the United States in the mission to help reduce the number of homeless animals. Spaying and neutering is key in this mission.

Low-Cost Feline Spay/Neuter Vouchers

Our Fix-a-Feline Program provides low-cost vouchers for the spaying of a female cat or the neutering of a male cat at select local veterinary clinics.

To purchase a low-cost voucher, contact us or visit the shelter in person. There are a limited number of vouchers available each month.

Voucher Costs:

  • $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 fee, your pet will receive the lifesaving protection of microchip identification ($10 extra for registration).

Low Cost Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Vouchers

We also sponsor low cost spay/neuter vouchers ($25) for pit bull or pit-mix dogs. Please contact us for more 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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Lost Cost Microchip Vouchers

How many “lost pet” signs have you seen? Tragically, millions of pets never make it back home. Now you can join thousands of responsible pet owners who have identified their pets with a microchip.

Every pet adopted from Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter goes home with a microchip. And, because we want all lost pets to make it home, we offer low-cost vouchers to get your pet permanently identified. Vouchers for a microchip are sold at the shelter for $15 each. Each month the vouchers may be redeemed at one of our participating veterinary clinics. You can also have your pet microchipped by your veterinarian.

Participating Veterinary Clinics: 2015 Schedule

Contact a clinic to schedule an appointment after purchasing a voucher at the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

  • Vet Select Dearborn – January
  • Healing Care Animal Hospital – February
  • Caputo Animal Hospital – March
  • Vet Select Dearborn Heights – April
  • Lincoln Park Animal Hospital – May
  • Dearborn Veterinary Hospital – June
  • Dearborn Family Pet Care – July
  • Caputo Animal Hospital – August
  • Vet Select Dearborn Heights – September
  • Morrison Animal Hospital – October
  • Vet Select Dearborn – November
  • Lincoln Park Animal Hospital – December

Why You Should Microchip Your Pet?

This provides a permanent, positive identification which cannot be lost, altered, or intentionally removed—making it a safe, simple, and inexpensive way to protect your pet against loss or theft. 

The computer memory in the AKC Microchip contains a unique number; no two animals will ever have the same number. A special chip reader recognizes the radio signal from the chip and reads this number through the skin of your pet.

The Friends use AKC microchips.  AKC registers the numbers to the shelter.  When we implant a chip, we record your information.  If any lost animals are found, we in turn contact the registered owner.  You may pay an additional fee to register your pet directly with AKC.

What is a Microchip?

MicrochipThe microchip is a tiny computer chip that has an identification number programmed into it, and is encapsulated within a biocompatible material. The whole device is small enough to fit inside a hypodermic needle and is simply injected under the skin of our pets, where it will stay for the life of the animal. 

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Operation Feed Fido

IMG_5739Operation Feed Fido is a subsidy program to provide pet food and supplies to families in need. The purpose is to keep dogs and cats with their families and out of shelters.

How Can You Participate?

In order to participate, potential recipients must complete and submit an application and a “Save and Hold Harmless” Agreement. Applicants must agree to:

  • Have their pets sterilized as soon as possible (we have low-cost feline sterilization vouchers available)
  • Not breed pets until their pets can be sterilized
  • Not acquire additional pets while they are participating in the program (supplies will be provided for a maximum of five pets)
  • A home check

The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter and Operation Feed Fido reserve the right to deny someone for support. Once accepted into the program, it is understood that participants’ membership can be revoked at the discretion of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

What Does Membership Include?

  • Accepted participants receive a membership card and bucket to pick up food
  • Supplies are distributed two Saturdays per month, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Food is donated by various sources so availability cannot be guaranteed
  • The program should only supplement a participant’s monthly supply of pet food and not be the sole source of food for pets
  • Upon termination from program, participants must return food buckets