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Affordable Spay & Neuter

By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy pets being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals, such as:

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous 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.
  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
  • Your spayed female pet 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!
  • Your male pet will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
  • Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

Massachusetts Voucher Program

In Massachusetts, there is now a voucher program that is offered through the state and funded through tax donations where if the pets owner is on any type of state aid they may qualify for a voucher for a free spay/neuter for cats and dogs through the Massachusetts Animal Fund. The person has to contact the Animal Control officer in their town and request a voucher. So far, the only downside of this program is that there are no private vets that currently accept the vouchers in the south shore area. However, there are several low cost options available to get your pets fixed on the south shore.

Spay & Neuter Locations

Contact the Catmobile mobile van to obtain a schedule and pricing.  They serve cats only, both owned and ferals.  From time to time they run “specials” for cats within certain towns, ages, or genders.  The Catmobile does accept the MA Animal Fund Vouchers.

For both cats (owned and ferals) and dogs under 50 lbs/ and under 5 years – also consider using the Spay Waggin’ mobile van.  The Spay Waggin’ sometimes has reduced rates for pitbulls – call to check with them.  The Spay Waggin’ accepts the MA Animal Fund Vouchers.

Both the Catmobile and the Spay Waggin’ vans book up very quickly (the Spay Waggin’ especially books up quickly for dog appointments) Please call ahead for an appointment.  If you are interested in trapping and fixing feral cats in your neighborhood and are in need of a humane trap, please contact South Shore Humane Society.

JM Pet Vet in Brockton offers more affordable rates than most local vets.  JM Pet Vet is a good resource for affordable vaccinations, microchipping and wellness care.  JM Pet Vet does NOT accept payment with the MA Animal Fund Vouchers.

South Shore Humane Society has a reduced rate spay/neuter program with New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater.  They limit the surgeries for humane society clients to Wednesday’s and Thursday’s.  New England Animal Medical Center works with several humane societies, therefore, sometimes there is a wait for an appointment.  They spay/neuter feral cats but usually only one or two per week and our group is often competing with other rescues to get the feral appointments.  New England Animal Medical Center does NOT accept the MA Animal Fund Vouchers.

South Shore Humane Society also has a low cost spay/neuter certificate program through VCA Roberts in Hanover for both cats and dogs.  In order to use this program to fix a dog, we ask the owner demographics and the weight of the dog.  Based on the weight of the dog (and the need for vaccinations) we send the owner an application with the price.  The owner must return a MONEY ORDER made out to SOUTH SHORE HUMANE SOCIETY.  Once the money order is received, SSHS will send the owner a South Shore Humane Society spay/neuter certificate.  When the owner receives the certificate they may call the Vet directly to schedule an appointment. The certificate does NOT include heartworm testing/pills or preoperative blood screening.  If you decided to have either of these procedures done, you will be required to make the payment for it.    VCA Roberts Animal Hospital does NOT accept the MA Animal Fund Vouchers.

South Shore Humane can provide information and limited funding for low cost spay/neuter surgeries for Rabbits.  The limited funding does NOT cover the expenses for clipping teeth/nails or examining ears.  If there are any questions, contact South Shore Humane Society.

South Shore Humane Society is not currently aware of any spay/neuter programs for rats, mice, guinea pigs or ferrets!

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