Spaying/Neutering your pet is one of the most responsible and caring things you can do as a pet owner. We understand that some owners cannot afford to have their pet spayed/neutered, and because of this New Hope created a low income spay/neuter program to assist in those cases.
Spaying and Neutering has Several Benefits
- Spayed female dogs have a reduced chance of developing ovarian or mammary cancer.
- Neutered male dogs have less chance of developing testicular and prostate cancer.
- Neutered males will not urinate to mark their territory or roam in search of mates
- Spayed females will not endure the stress of going into heat or develop heat related behavioural problems including false pregnancies.
- Spayed or neutered dogs live happier, healthier and longer lives.
- There will be fewer unwanted puppies left at the shelter or worse yet, abandoned elsewhere to fend for themselves. Only about 1 in 10 dogs is lucky enough to have a permanent home.
Common Misconceptions About Spaying and Neutering
- “Preventing animals from having litters is unnatural.” Because we’ve domesticated dogs and cats, we’ve created the problem of overpopulation. We must now take steps to solve the problem.
- “It’s better to allow a female to have one litter before spaying.” The best time to spay a female is before her first heat. This also greatly reduces the threat of breast cancer.
- “Behavior and personality are altered after surgery.” Changes in behaviour are positive. These include reduction of territorial spraying, less fighting, and less urge to roam.
- “Animals become fat and lazy after surgery.” In most cases, animals become fat and lazy because they’re overfed and inactive. There is no evidence supporting the claim that animals become lethargic due to spaying or neutering.
- “Males don’t need to be neutered because they don’t have litters.” Even one un-neutered male can impregnate many non-spayed females.
Dogs must be at least 6 months of age and their vaccinations must be up to date. If you feel that you need this assistance, please fill out the form below. You will also be asked to provide some proof of income or financial assistance. Please provide a copy of a recent pay stub, last years tax return, or proof of participation in an assistance program. Please see below for total household income requirements for program eligibility:
|Size of family unit||1||2||3||4||5||6||7+|
|Total household income||$20,065||$24,978||$30,707||$37,283||$42,285||$47,692||$53,097|