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RASCAL mobile clinic
Friends of Animals
Spay USA
PetFix - mobile clinic

Akron Area

Citizens for Humane Animal
(Cats only) 330-724-6181
AlterPet Inc.
Pet Guards

Central Ohio

Pet Solutions
852 E Hudson St,
Columbus, Ohio
Cat Welfare
Citizens for Humane Action
Humane Society Greene Cty
Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit
Care Pet Clinic
Spay/Neuter Clinic
Pet Concern
Delaware Cty
Franklin Cty Animal Care
614 462-5581
S.T.O.P. (Mansfield)
Knox Cty Humane Society
Animal Outreach
Shelter Outreach Services

Cleveland Area

City of Cleveland Kennel
Spay Neuter Clinic
A Snip in Time

Greater Toledo

Planned Pethood
United Humanitarians
Maumee Valley Save a Pet
Animal Wings
Humane Ohio
Wyandot County Humane

Northeast Ohio

Holmes County Humane
Angels for Animals
Animal Protection Guild
TNR of Warren

Stow Kent Animal Hospital
330-673-0049 honors
spay/neuter certificates!
Contact the vet clinic then
call Friends of Animals at
1-800-321-PETS to
purchase the certificate.

Southern Ohio Area

Advocates For Animals
Humane Society Greene Cty
937 376-3001
Mason Family Pet Hospital
United Coalition for Animals
Pet Advocate League
The Spay/Neuter Clinic
SPCA Cincinnati
All Creatures
513-797-7387 ext. 109
Sierra's Haven
Miami County Animal Shelter
Ohio Alleycat Resource &
Spay/Neuter Clinic
Spay-neuter information
Spay/Neuter Myths & Facts
Myth: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
Fact: In general, the one-time cost of a spay or neuter surgery is a
relatively small cost when compared to the cost of a responsible
breeding program.  Some low-cost agencies are listed on this
page.  The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size,
and age of the pet, and a number of other variables.  

Myth: It's easy to find perfect homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Fact: It's not enough to find just any home for the babies. New
owners need to understand that getting a new puppy or new kitten
is a commitment for the life of the pet. They need to be prepared to
care for the pet even when it gets sick or old. A responsible
breeder makes a commitment to the litters he/she produces for
the life of the animal. That means that if, a few years down the
road, the adoptive home can't keep the puppy or kitten for whatever
reason (moving, divorce, illness), the responsible breeder will
assist with re-homing or take the dog or cat back into his/her
home whenever possible.  

Myth: Nobody should ever breed another litter of puppies or
Fact: Responsible breeding programs for dogs and cats add
quality to the lives of many people. Many of us support thoughtful
programs by responsible breeders who are dedicated to the
perpetuation and well-being of our companion animals. However,
there are many unplanned, unwanted litters born every day, and
every litter should be a planned litter with someone committed to
its welfare for life!   In an effort to impact the numbers of unwanted
litters, the Ohio Pet Fund offers grants to veterinarians, animal
shelters, humane societies and nonprofit organizations who
assist with sterilization costs for low-income pet owners and pet
owners who adopt from shelters and nonprofit organizations.

Myth: All puppies and kittens should be spayed or neutered at a
very young age.
Fact: Pediatric spaying and neutering is a good solution for some
situations, but it may not be the right choice for every pet in a
responsible home. Consult your veterinarian and your breeder as
to the right time to have your pet spayed or neutered, particularly if
it is a large breed dog.
Got love to spare?

There are many
adoptable pets at
www.petfinder.com and
Getting a dog?
It's a commitment for the
life of the dog.  Research
the breed before you buy.
Match the size and
temperament of the dog to
your lifestyle.  Go to
www.akc.org and click on
"breeds" to get an idea of
breed characteristics.  If
purchasing a mixed
breed, interview the
previous owners, shelter
staff or foster home about
the temperament of the
dog before making a
decision.  Remember  to
consider any children in
your life or in your future.

Plan on spending regular
quality time with your new
friend.  Studies show that
owners who spend time
with their dogs are less
likely to surrender them
to an animal shelter.  
Make your new dog a part
of the family.

Learn about crate
training.  Crates are a
valuable tool for house
training, as well as a
safe way to transport your
dog.  In addition, crates
can protect your home
from damage while you
are away, and protect
your pup from getting into
dangerous situations
when he can't be directly

Plan on regular veterinary
care.  Your vet may have
advice to help your pet be
an enjoyable pet.  
Consider health
insurance for your pet.
For many families, it may
be easier to pay a small
amount once a month
than to be hit with a large
bill when an unexpected
health crisis occurs.

Consider obedience
training!  Obedience
counselors can offer tips
to keep small behavioral
issues from becoming
large ones.
Low cost sterilization
Thinking about breeding your dog or cat?

Don't forget that there are millions of unwanted dogs and cats
killed in this country's shelters every year.  Ideally, breeding
programs are best undertaken by those who have the capability to
select for health and temperament, and by those who are willing
to take  responsibility for the offspring for the rest of their lives.

AND MATE INDISCRIMINATELY!  Mixed breed dogs are twice as
likely as purebred dogs to end up being killed in a dog shelter.
And while the rate of euthanasia for dogs is going down, the rate
of euthanasia for cats in Ohio rose in the eight years between
1996 and 2004. In 2004, over 92,000 cats were euthanized by
animal control agencies in Ohio.

In general, the one-time cost of a spay or neuter surgery is a
relatively small cost when compared to the cost of a responsible
breeding program.  There are costs associated with ensuring the
health of the mother and litter:  premium food during the two
months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is
weaned can add up to significant food costs.  Veterinary bills can
also become significant, particularly if complications develop.  
When contemplating a litter, it is prudent to have a couple
thousand dollars in reserve for veterinary care of the mother and
her puppies.

Breeding expenses begin even before a dog or cat is bred: a
responsible, educated breeder screens the potential breeding
animal for conditions that might be detrimental to the offspring.

The breeder may take the breeding animals (potential mother and
father) to a board-certified ophthalmologist to make sure they
don't have cataracts or other hereditary eye conditions that might
impact the lives of the offspring. Many large breeds are
susceptible to hip dysplasia or other orthopedic conditions, so it
may be necessary to have some of the joints of the prospective
parent x-rayed and/or evaluated. Breeds that are susceptible to
heart problems may require a visit to a board-certified cardiologist
prior to becoming parents. Some breeds may require DNA tests
for hidden genetic conditions. Responsible, educated breeders
often spend thousands of dollars screening their breeding stock
for hereditary diseases.

Keep in mind, too, that not all deliveries go smoothly, and an
expensive cesarean section may be required for a significant
percentage of canine mothers, particularly the small breeds.  The
experience of watching puppies be born may not always be a
good one for children, either.  Statistically, approximately 20% of
puppies in a litter will die, and rarely, their mother will die, too.

Health Issues & Castration


Many dogs and cats may have better lives if they are neutered.  
Spaying female canines prevents most cases of pyometra (a
life-threatening uterine infection) and many cases of mammary
(breast) cancer.  Spaying female canines also prevents them
from coming "in season," which may include about two weeks of
bloody discharge and unwanted attention from any loose
neighborhood male dogs.  

There are a few situations where a purebred dog, particularly a
male of a very large non-aggressive breed,  might statistically be
better left intact because of their susceptibility to cancers,  
ligament problems, etc.  Your veterinarian or breed club should
be able to help you weigh the pros and cons of neutering for your
particular dog and/or breed.  

A pet owner who chooses to let his dog remain intact must be
vigilant and responsible, though, as intact dogs are usually more
likely to roam away from home, more likely to get into fights with
other dogs, and obviously more likely to participate in an
unwanted or unplanned breeding.  Only the most responsible of
pet owners should consider keeping a pet intact!  If a dog is
fighting or acting aggressive, running away, or lifting his leg
where he shouldn't, getting him neutered may be the kindest act
for all involved.


Cats that live indoors may live up to 10 years longer than a cat
that lives outdoors.  Cats may be difficult to live with indoors
unless they are altered because of their tendency to mark
territory, so many cat breeders suggest that pet cats that are not
part of a thoughtful breeding program be neutered.  It is
important to monitor your neutered cat's eating and exercise
habits and not let it become overweight.  Try pulling a toy around
the house and up and down stairs to encourage your cat to
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