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Spay / Neuter Program
H.A.L.O. RESCUE’S PREVENT MORE “OOPS” VOUCHER PROGRAM & MISSION
More than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States– half are accidents. And when more than four million homeless pets are killed in shelters each year, it’s time to fix the “OOPS.” Kittens can get pregnant as early as four months and puppies as early as six months. This means many “OOPS” happen sooner than most think! By spaying and neutering your pet by the age of four months, you can help prevent this!
The words “spay” and “neuter” refer to the sterilization of female and male pets by removing reproductive organs.
While both spaying and neutering are major medical procedures, they are also the most common surgeries practiced by veterinarians.
First, let’s address some concerns against spaying and neutering animals.
The most frequently asked questions:
“Will fixing my pet cause weight gain?”
No, just like people, pets become overweight from improper nutrition or lack of exercise. Good diet and exercise can help keep your pet healthy.
“Will it change my pet’s personality?”
Spaying or neutering is unlikely to change temperament, basic personality or levels of playfulness and general activity. However, it can have a positive effect as some behavioral issues– especially sexual behaviors such as mounting; howling and the urge to roam– are reduced following surgery. Also leg lifting is usually dramatically decreased. And despite what some believe, pets show no signs of “missing” mating or breeding.
“If only females get pregnant, why do I need to fix my male?”
Because “It takes two to tango,” as they say, so males are every bit as much a part of the problem as females. Plus, male pets are more likely to run away in search of a mate, which puts them at a much higher risk of disease and injury. Also, males are more susceptible to testicular cancer if left intact.
“Will my male feel emasculated?”
This is a human feeling– not one that your dog or cat experiences. They will however be less likely to exhibit behaviors such as howling and marking.
“Do I need to wait until my pet has had her first heat?”
There is no medical research that proves it’s healthier to wait until your dog or cat has gone into heat. In fact, spaying them before their first heat greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancers and reproductive-related diseases. And if done properly, spaying and neutering at any age can eliminate or reduce the development of reproductive tumors.
“Is my pet too old to be fixed?”
Dogs and cats can be fixed at any time during their life span. Your veterinarian can address any concern there might be about performing the procedure on an older pet. Remember, it may even be lifesaving!
How Do I Get A Voucher?
Now that hopefully you feel more comfortable with the idea of spaying and neutering, our program is designed to be simple!
Just come in to pick up your voucher for a $5 donation to HALO, call a participating veterinarian to set up your appointment, and pay them the reduced fee at time of surgery. Veterinarians that honor our vouchers are listed on the voucher. When scheduling your appointment please let them know you have a voucher from HALO Rescue. Bring your pet to the clinic, as instructed; please follow the veterinarian’s pre-surgery instructions. Provide your voucher to the veterinarian as your form of payment. Each voucher is good for only one surgery and rabies vaccine. You are responsible for payment for any additional services requested.
HALO VOUCHER PRICING
SPAY: $40-$50 NEUTER: $30-$40
SPAY: LESS THAN 50 LBS $50
50-60 LBS $60
61 LBS+ $70
NEUTER: LESS THAN 50 LBS $40
61 LBS+ $60
CRYPTORCHID: $30 EXTRA
THIS VOUCHER INCLUDES A RABIES VACCINE AT NO EXTRA CHARGE
Please help spread the word and become the voice for thousands of homeless pets! We believe strongly in our mission and cannot accomplish this without your help and awareness for unwanted litters.