Spay - Neuter
SPAY/NEUTER IS GOOD FOR YOUR PET
It helps them live longer, healthier lives.
It can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat, including many types of cancer in both males and females.
It makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
Neutering male cats less likely to spray and mark territory.
Spaying females eliminates their being in heat, which causes them to cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
Pets who are not spayed or neutered often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than do those who have been spayed or neutered.
It can make pets less likely to bite.
It makes pets less likely to roam the neighborhood, run away, or get into fights.
SPAY/NEUTER IS GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY
Each year in Hillsborough and surrounding counties thousands of unwanted animals are killed because of overpopulation. The most effective way to stop animals from going into shelters is spay/neuter.
Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals. It costs Hillsborough County an average of $160 for every animal it takes in. Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of dog bites and attacks.
MYTHS AND FACTS
Common Myths and Facts About Spay/Neuter, from the Humane Society of the United States
Why Spay or Neuter? from the ASPCA
Hillsborough County Sterilization Rebate Program
Hillsborough County has initiated a Spay and Neuter Rebate Program to assist low income residents to have their pet dogs and cats fixed. If you qualify, a voucher for each animal and a list of participating veterinarians will be mailed to you.
For additional information about the rebate program, and to download an application, visit: Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay's Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has a low cost spay/neuter clinic open to the public, located on Armenia Ave. in Tampa. Information, including clinic fees and contact information to make appointments, can be found at: http://www.humanesocietytampa.org, or by calling the clinic: 813-870-3304.
Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort Spay/Neuter Clinic Ruskin FL
Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort (CARE) has a low cost spay/neuter clinic open to the public, located in Ruskin. Information, including clinic fees and contact information to make appointments, can be found at: or by calling the clinic: 813-645-2273.
ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic
Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) has a as a low cost spay/neuter clinic open to the public, located on Lemon St. in South Tampa. Information, including clinic fees and contact information to make appointments, can be found at: or by calling the clinic: 813-250-3900.
Pinellas County PetPal Animal Clinic call 727-323-7729
Pinellas County Spot USA Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 727-329-8657
Pasco County P.A.W.S. Pasco Animal Welfare Society call 727-819-1910
Hernando County PetLuv call 352-799 9990
Manatee County Resources
Sarasota County ARC - Animal Rescue Coalition
Polk County TLC Pet Snip
Polk County SPCA Florida
Every year, thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized because no one wants them. A proven way to cut down on that overpopulation is to have your pets spayed or neutered. Today, sterilization is considered just a part of being a responsible pet owner. The cost of the spay or neuter surgery represents a relatively small one-time expense when compared to its benefits. A sterile pet is healthier, behaves better, and can never produce more unwanted animals.