Top Ten Reasons to Spay/Neuter
It helps to reduce companion animal overpopulation. Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans.They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.
Your community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services with Income Qualifications
Operation PETS has different options based on location and income due to grant money available. To see the eligibility requirements, visit their website at http://OperationPETS.org
Cat Eligibility - Owned cats qualify for families with a NY State benefit card, receive HEAP assistance, meet HEAP income guidelines, college students who live outside of Erie County, the cost for a cat spay/neuter, distemper vaccination, rabies vaccination, worming meds & flea preventative is $65. Cats that are pregnant, in heat, cryptorchid, need umbilical hernia repair or are obese might incur additional costs. FIV/FeLV testing & microchipping are also offered at an additional cost.
Free Roaming (Feral) Cat Eligibility - Free roaming feral cats are the same price and services as owned cats, but there are no income requirements. However, the cats must be feral and all ferals are ear-tipped for identification purposes. There are specific protocols for trapping, caregiving and releasing of free-roaming cats which is outlined on their pages here.
Dog Eligibility - Families with a NY state benefit card from Social Services are eligibile for dog spay/neuter surgery at Operation PETS. Bully breeds and bully breed mixes have less strigent income guidelines and will be listed below in their own category. The price for a canine spay/neuter is $85 and includes spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, distemper/parvo vaccination. worming meds & flea preventative. Dogs that are pregnant, in heat, cryptorchid, need umbilical hernia repair, over 65 pounds or are obese might incur additional costs. Heartworm testing, bordatella vaccinations & microchipping are also offered at an additional cost.
Bully Breeds and Bully Breed Mixes - Thanks to a grant received by Operation PETS, owned pit bull or pit bull mixes have less stringent income qualifications. Families with a NY State benefit card, that receive HEAP assistance, or meet HEAP income guidelines can get their dog spayed/neutered, vaccinated, etc. at Operation PETS at their low cost regular rate.
Maddies Spay/Neuter Project for Cats
Operation PETS and other area veterinary clinics have a grant from the Maddies Fund to help combat the enormous cat overpopulation in Erie County. Below is a list of participating clinics. There is a cost to the pet owner of $10, which includes the feline spay/neuter, rabies vaccination and distemper vaccination.
For Owned Cats - To be eligible for the feline spay/neuter of a privately owned cat under the Maddies grant, the owner must be an Erie County resident and must have proof of being a Medicaid recipient. You must call the individual clinics to make the appointment and get the necessary pre-surgery form. There is a limit of six feline sterilizations per household.
For Feral Cats - Unlike owned cats, there is no income requirements for feral cat sterilizations, nor is there is a limit on the number of feral cats done per household. Caregivers must bring proof of being Erie County residents and follow the feral cat protocols with regards to trapping, caregiving and releasing. To schedule, you must call the inidividual clinics for detailed information and ability to work with feral free-roaming community cats. Not all clinics listed below are able to sterilize feral cats due to quarantine limitations and most have specific days that they do feral cat surgeries, so it is important you contact the individual clinic to get more information.
Maddies Cat Spay/Neuter Project Partners:
Operation PETS: The Spay/Neuter Clinic of WNY
Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society vetSNIP
Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society offers low cost cat and dog sterilization surgeries for families of lower income. A NY State benefits card or Medicaid card are required to qualify for this program. Space and times vary based on clinic, so you must call the individual clinics to schedule an appointment. You can find the entire list online at http://nfvsonline.org/vetSNIP_hospitals.html
Costs include sterilization surgery, rabies vaccination and distemper and/or parvo vaccinations where appropriate. Feline spay/neuters are $50 for both male and female cats. Canine sterilization for male dogs is $75, for female dogs under 6 months is $75 and for female dogs over 6 months is $100.
All information about the program can be found on the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society's webpage here.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs with no income requirements
Second Chance Sheltering SNAP Program for Cats
Second Chance Sheltering Network and Dr. Biligovskiy of Aurora Park Animal Hospital have teamed up to offer weekly spay/neuter clinics for cats every Tuesday. The cost is $80 per cat and includes sterilization surgery, rabies vaccination and distemper vaccinion. There is no income requirement, but you must call 716-652-1359 and leave a message stating your interest in registering for the clinic and a volunteer will get back in touch with you with available dates. Call cats are dropped off at Aurora Park Animal Hospital at 8am and must be picked up at 4pm the same day.
Second Chance Sheltering SNAP Program for Dogs
Second Chance Sheltering Network and Dr. Biligovskiy also offer low cost spay/neuter for dogs as well, but prices will vary depending on size and gender of the dog. You must call 716-652-1120 and state clearly that you are interested in the "Second Chance spay/neuter program for dogs". A volunteer will return you call to give more information and schedule dates.
Feral Cat FocusFeral Cat Focus offers clinics at Operation PETS in Lackawanna on Sundays throughout the warmer months (usually May - October). Fees for the Feral Cat Focus clinics can vary based on available funds through grants and fundraising efforts, but surgeries are generally between $10 & $25 and include sterilization, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, ear mite treatment and ear tipping for identification. Feral Cat Focus is WNY's leading organization their knowledge of cat trapping, caregiving and maintenance of feral free-roaming cat colonies. They will loan traps and help you through the trapping and releasing process. You must call the Feral Cat Focus hotline at 1-888-902-9717 to schedule an appointment at one of their clinics or to learn more about helping with trapping or colony maintenance.