February is National Spay and Neuter Month. In honor of celebrating all things great about spay and neuter, we will debunk some of the most common myths regarding fixing your pet. First up, does spay and neuter really cost too much?
It is true, spay and neuter surgery can be expensive; full-price surgeries can cost anywhere from $200 up to $500 depending on where you live. The great news is many communities and organizations like Found Animals have recognized the cost issue and have banded together to make spay and neuter procedures affordable, and more widely accessible.
The Spay4LA Mobile Clinic is a low-cost spay and neuter provider in South Los Angeles. The operating cost of the Spay4LA Mobile Clinic remains the same whether they provide 10 or 50 surgeries in a day. So the more spay and neuter surgeries the clinic can perform, the less expensive the surgeries become. In some areas the cost of the procedure is offset even further through subsidized vouchers, sometimes allowing the clinic to provide free surgeries in designated zip codes. Check out the Found Animals Low-Cost Spay Neuter Look Up Tool and see for yourself all the low-cost options, including Spay4LA, in Los Angeles.
If you are interested in providing a good home for a pet, but still feel you cannot afford the procedure, consider the cost of raising an unwanted litter of kittens or puppies. Having a litter will cost you immense time and money, considerably more than the one-time cost of having a spay or neuter surgery. The cost of veterinary care including spay and neuter surgery should always be taken into consideration before adopting a pet. According to the ASPCA yearly cost of humane care is upwards of $1,000 for one cat and $1,300 to $1,800 for one dog depending on size and where you live.
The cost of spay and neuter is actually a gain, meaning a longer, happier and healthier life for your pet. Your dog or cat will be a better companion and less susceptible to infections and certain types of cancers, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in vet bills. In addition, you will be applauded as a responsible pet owner for helping curb the homeless pet population.
The bottom line, spaying and neutering is a one-time cost with lifetime benefits for you and your pet. You can’t afford not to spay and neuter.