Mandatory Pet Sterilization Laws

So, Your State, County, or City has a Spay/Neuter Law... Is it HumaneFix Friendly?


Please take a look at this list and check your local laws when choosing humane sterilization with vasectomy or partial hysterectomy for your pet.

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HumaneFix UNFRIENDLY.

The Following locations appear to be HumaneFix UNFRIENDLY. These locations have mandatory spaying/neutering, and may allow exemptions that are only applicable to professional dog breeders. These locations specifically mention "spay" and "neuter" in the text of the law, and make no exception for animals who are sterilized with more humane methods. If you live in one of these areas, humane sterilization with vasectomy or partial hysterectomy for your pet is likely not an option, yet... YOU CAN HELP, contact your representatives and suggest that we change these laws to allow for more humane sterilization methods!

Belmont, CA
Article IA, Sec. 5-27.5 (a) Requires breeding permit for animals not spayed/neutered. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods. Article IA, Sec. 5-27.7(d) Mandatory spay/neuter of all animals being adopted. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Clearlake, CA
7-10.1 Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Hanford, CA
6.12.050 Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Hesperia, CA
6.08.020E Mandatory Spay/Neuter. Only applies to dogs who have been impounded. Does not provide an exemption for animals who have been sterilized with more humane methods.

Lake County, CA
4-17 Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Los Agneles County, CA
10.20.350 Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

San Francisco, CA
43.1. Pitbulls Only. Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Volusia County, FL
14-58. Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

New Orlenas, LO
18-306. Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Kansas City, MO
14-60. Pitbulls Only. Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

St Louis, MO
10.04.150 to 10.04.160 Applies only to impounded animals. Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Clark County, Nevada
10.08.130 Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Athens, OH 9.01.09. GONE!

Tulsa, OK
101.17 Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.

Ft Worth, TX
6-22.1. Requires animal to be "Altered" in some sections, specifically mentions spay/neuter in others. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods.


HumaneFix FRIENDLY!

The following locations have requirements for pet sterilization, but appear to be HumaneFix FRIENDLY! These locations have laws worded in such a way that would allow pets to be sterilized with more humane methods such as vasectomy, tubal ligation, or partial hysterectomy:

Beaumont, CA
6.02.080 Allows the option of providing a "Certificate of Sterility" in lieu of spaying/neutering.

Laguna Woods, CA
Sec. 5.05.010 Allows the option of providing a "Certificate of Sterility" in lieu of spaying/neutering.

Pacific Grove, CA
Ord. 10.04.100 Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter".

          Riverside County, CA
630.11 Allows the option of providing a "Certificate of Sterility" in lieu of spaying/neutering.
          Additionally the law defines: ""Altered” means a male animal that has been neutered or a female animal that has been spayed. Also referred to as a sterile animal."

Sacramento, CA
8.24.030 b. Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter"

          San Bernardino County, CA
32.1502 Allows the option of providing a "Certificate of Sterility" in lieu of spaying/neutering.

COLORADO STATE LAW
C.R.S. 35-80-106.4 (2012) 35-80-106.4. Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter".

Aurora, CO
Sec. 14-42 Requires "spay/neuter", but goes on to define Intact as "Intact means any dog or cat upon which no alternative surgery of the reproductive organs or other neutering procedure has been performed." And Defines Spayed/Neutered as "Dog, spayed/neutered means any dog upon which any neutering procedure has been performed by a licensed veterinarian and accompanied by a certificate asserting such operation or other procedure has been performed."

Palm Beach County, FL
Part 6. Chapter 4, Section 28. (b) Provides an exemption from the spay/neuter law if "The owner wishes to keep the dog or cat unsterilized and certifies in writing to the Division that the dog or cat will not be bred or used for stud purposes."

Honolulu, HI
Sec. 7-6.6 Applies to cats only. Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter".

Chicago, IL
7-12-170 Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter".

Noblesville, IN
§ 90.18 Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter".

Peru, IN
§ 90.53 Text of law uses "altered" instead of "spay/neuter".

Baltimore, MD
Sec. 10-309 Text of law uses "altered" instead of "spay/neuter". Sterilization requirement only applies to animals which are impounded.

Montgomery County, MD
Sec. 5-303 Text of law uses "altered" instead of "spay/neuter". Sterilization requirement only applies to animals which are impounded.

Columbia, MO
Section 5-65 Allows for any method of surgical or chemical sterilization.

New York City, NY
Chap. 8, Sec. 17-804. Text of law uses "sterilization" instead of "spay/neuter".

Rhode Island State Law:
4-24-3. Applies only to cats. An "intact" permit shall be issued for an unaltered cat if the owner signs a written statement that such animal will not be allowed to breed.

Dallas, TX
7-4.10. Section C allows an exemption from the spay/neuter law if: "a licensed veterinarian certifies that the dog or cat should not be spayed or neutered for health reasons or is permanently non-fertile."
This same exemption also exists for animals being recovered up from impound.

HumaneFix INCONVENIENT.

The Following locations appear to be HumaneFix INCONVENIENT. They are locations which may create an inconvenience for pet owners who choose to sterilize with more humane methods. There locations may give a discount on licensing for animals which are spayed/neutered, but do not give the same discount for animals which are sterilized with humane sterilization methods.

Blytheville, AR
SECTION THREE: Doubled license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

Hemet, CA
Sec. 10-33. Additional fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

San Mateo, CA
Chap. 8.02.090, Sec. 3332.4 (a) Requires license for animals not spayed/neutered.

Santa Cruz, CA
6.10.030. A. Requires license for animals not spayed/neutered. MANY restrictions for obtaining this license.

          Denver, CO
          999-95, Sec. 8-71. Mandatory spay/neuter. Does not provide an exemption for more humane sterilization methods. Restrictions for intact animal permit are simple and obtainable by the average pet owner, but there is a fee.

Lake County, CO
Higher fines for off-leash citation if not spayed/neutered.

Wilmington, DE
Sec. 3-9. Higher license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

Daytona, FL
Sec. 14-6. - Doubled fines for any offense for animals not spayed/neutered.

Rock Island, IL
Div. 2, Dogs and Cats. Sec. 7-146. Requires $30 license for animals not spayed/neutered.

Bloomington, IN
Additional fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

Hamilton, IN
Spaying and Neutering is mandatory by the time any dog or cat is 9 months old unless the guardian obtains a $50 breeder’s permit.

McKinley County, NM
6-2-15: Higher license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

Camden, NJ
§ 210-40. Requires $100 license for animals not spayed/neutered. Any violation of any animal related code disqualifies from intact animal permit for 24 months.

Merdith, NY
Section 305 Doubled license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

Asheville, NC
Sec. 3-5 (b) Requires $100 license for animals not spayed/neutered.

Buncombe County, NC
Ordinance # 03-12-16 $100 permit for animals not spayed/neutered.

Warwick, RI, Applies only to cats:
Sec. 4-117 $100 permit for animals not spayed/neutered.

Live Oak, TX
Sec. 4-7. Doubled license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

King County, WA
K.C.C. 11.04.030. Higher license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.

Tahoma, WA
Higher license fees for animals not spayed/neutered.
Animals impounded twice will be spayed/neutered.