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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Programs in the Northeast Kingdom
Felines & Friends Foundation Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics:
FFF hosts monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats at various locations in Orleans and Caledonia Counties. More Information & Make a Reservation
Felines & Friends Foundation:
Provides free or very low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services for barn cats, un-owned or loosely owned cats. Contact us here.
Northeast Kingdom Spay-Neuter Program- Orleans & Essex County: Provides a voucher for a spay/neuter procedure at a reduced fee for either a cat or a dog in Orleans or Essex counties, for use at participating local veterinarians. For more info please call Alice Soucy at 802-334-7393.
Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program (VSNIP): Provides spay/neuter assistance to lower-income Vermonters. $27.00 co-payment for each animal (dog or cat); procedures are performed by participating local veterinarians. For more information go to http://dcf.vermont.gov/benefits/vsnip or call 1-800-479-6151.
VT-CAN!- Middlesex, VT: Is a stationary, reduced cost, high quality, spay/neuter clinic located in Middlesex, Vermont. Cats spay/neuter $65 including rabies and distemper vaccinations. More info at http://vt-can.org. You can also email email@example.com or call 223-0034.
Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
1.) Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
2.) Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3.) Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently -sometimes all over the house!
4.) Your male dog won't want to roam away from home.
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5.) Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, un-neutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6.) Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake. (Additional note from FFF – your spayed/neutered cat will still be a great mouser!)
7.) It is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your un-neutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
8.) Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
9.) Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
10.) Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized, languish in shelters or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
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