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Low-Cost Minnesota Spay and Neuter Programs

MN SNAP/Spay Neuter Assistance Program
http://www.mnsnap.org/
Call 612-720-8236

Kindestcut
High Quality, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter for Pets of People in Need
http://kindestcutmn.com/
Call (763) 489-7729


Low-Cost Minnesota Spay and Neuter Clinics

Ramsey County - Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Cause For Paws Inc. 952-259-1483

Hennepin County - Hamel 55340
Corcoran Pet Care Center 612-420-3930

Hennepin County - Golden Valley, MN 55422
Animal Humane Society PAL Program 763-489-2209

St. Louis County - Makinen 55763
Spay, Neuter, Aid Program 218-638-2153

St Louis County - Duluth, Minnesota 55806
Animal Allies Humane Society 218-722-5341

Olmsted County - Rochester, MN 55903
Camp Companion 800-896-7009

Grant County - Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Grant County Humane Society 218-685-6220

If any of the above spay/neuter information is incorrect,
or if you know another low-cost clinic/program to recommend, please call NARS at 612.886.6986 or send us an email by clicking on the Contact Us link on the menu to your left. Thank you.


 

Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet


Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying—removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet—is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering—removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.

Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable and accessible. 


Not convinced yet? Check out our handy—and persuasive—list of the 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, unneutered 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.

  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 unneutered 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 or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.


 

Benefits of Spay or Neuter for Cats and Dogs

  • Benefits of Spaying (females):
    • No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
    • Less desire to roam
    • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
    • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
    • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

  • Benefits of Neutering (males):
    • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
    • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
    • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
    • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
    • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites
    • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives

  • Top 3 Reasons to Spay and 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.
    • Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his life an average of 1 to 3 years, felines, 3 to 5 years. Altered animals have a very low to no risk of mammary gland tumors/cancer, prostate cancer, perianal tumors, pyometria, and uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers.
    • Sterilizing your cat/dog makes him/her a better pet, reducing his/her urge to roam and decreasing the risk of contracting diseases or getting hurt as they roam. Surveys indicate that as many as 85% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered. Intact male cats living outside have been shown to live on average less than two years. Feline Immunodeficiency Syndrome is spread by bites and intact cats fight a great deal more than altered cats.
  • Additional Benefits:
    • 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.
      - The American Veterinary Medical Association

    • The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.
      - The American Veterinary Medical Association