|(These listings do not constitute an endorsement, but
instead a shared commitment of helping animals.)
Citizens for Humane Animal Practices
Citizens for Humane Action
Humane Society Greene Cty
Humane Society Delaware Cty
Franklin Cty Animal Care (for low income)
Knox Cty Humane Society
Ohio Spay Neuter Project
852 E Hudson St, Columbus, Ohio
S.T.O.P. Cat Shelter and Spay/Neuter (Mansfield)
Shelter Outreach Services
Maumee Valley Save a Pet
Wyandot County Humane Society
Holmes County Humane Society
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
Mason Family Pet Hospital
United Coalition for Animals
Pet Advocate League
The Spay/Neuter Clinic
513-797-7387 ext. 109
Miami County Animal Shelter
Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic
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 kittens.
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
|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
when he can't be directly
Plan on regular veterinary
care. Your vet may have
advice to help your pet be
an enjoyable pet.
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.
counselors can offer tips
to keep small behavioral
issues from becoming
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.
PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW INTACT DOGS AND CATS TO ROAM 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
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
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
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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