Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

It is estimated that in order to give every cat and dog in the U.S. a home, each and every person would have to own seven pets. For example, a family of four would have to have 28 cats and dogs. We don’t know many people willing to do that!

As a result, every year millions of cats and dogs must be put to sleep at animal shelters because no one wants them. There best way to reduce the pet overpopulation problem and avoid millions more euthanasias: spaying or neutering your pet.

So why do people still allow their pets to have litters? Below are some of the excuses.

“I don’t have enough money.” OR “I just don’t want to spend the money.”

Fact: There are also programs that offer reduced-cost surgeries to anyone willing to spay or neuter.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington offers a low-cost program for people with a household income below $60,000. We work with a local veterinarian who has generously agreed to accept greatly reduced fees for spaying and neutering in order to combat pet overpopulation. Call 703-931-9241 x200 for details.

Each year in February, the League participates in World Spay Day events, offering pet-owners who qualify an extremely low rate to get their cat or dog spayed or neutered.  Do you know a pet owner who cannot afford to have their cat or dog spayed or neutered? If so, please share the following information with them and have them get in touch with us so that we can help them out!

In conjunction with World Spay Day, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and designated animal hospitals/clinics will be offering the lowest spay/neuter prices of the year for pets of low-income clients in the Washington DC metro area. Vouchers will be sold starting January 21, 2015  throughout the month of February 2015 (or until we run out) and the surgeries will take place at area veterinary facilities in Northern Virginia. Participating vet clinics include Anicira Vet Center, Arlington Animal Hospital, Clarendon Animal Care, Fairfax Animal Hospital and NOVA Cat Clinic.

Pet owners must meet the annual household income requirement of $60,000 or less (proof of household income is required) plus they must be available to drop off their animal the morning of the surgery and pick up their animal late afternoon/early evening of the same day of their scheduled surgery date.

Our special Spay Day pricing will be: $25 for Male Cats, $50 for Female Cats and $75 for Dogs (Male or Female). All pure breed Pit Bulls will be spayed or neutered at the special price of $25(proof of breed will be required, please call our front desk at (703) 931-9241, ext. 200 with any questions). The League will also have a limited number of rabbit spay and neuter appointments for $50 each. The League and participating vets will be subsidizing the rest of the cost of the surgeries per animal.  Discounted vaccines will also be available on the day of surgery.  Pet owners who purchase vouchers will also be offered a coupon for a $15 microchip, valid at two of the AWLA mircochip clinics.  Owners are required to purchase their voucher at our shelter and schedule their pet’s surgery directly with the animal hospital/clinic.

We will have a limited number of vouchers available and they will be sold in person on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please bring the proof-of-income (i.e. signed copy of most current tax return, W-2 statement(s) or social security/disability documentation) when purchasing your voucher – cash or credit card only (no checks).  If you have any questions, please call the front desk at (703) 931-9241 for immediate assistance or email Adrienne Mintz at amintz@awla.org.

Here are some other area low-cost spay neuter options that are offered year-round:

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria also has a discounted program which is open to anyone regardless of income. 703-838-4775

Spay, Incorporated, offers a low-cost spay/neuter program with participating veterinarians throughout the Northern Virginia area. There are no income restrictions. 703-522-7920

Washington Animal Rescue League offers discounted spay and neuter services to everyone regardless of income or residency.

Washington Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic offers affordable sterilizations in the DC Metropolitan area.

“It’s healthier for my pet to have one heat or one litter before being spayed.”
False! Going through heat actually increases a pet’s chances of developing mammary cancer, uterine or ovarian infections. Spaying eliminates these infections and reduces the risk of cancer. Neutering also reduces the risk of cancer in males.

“My pet’s personality will change.”
True! It will change for the better! Spaying and neutering helps prevent a cat or dog from developing aggressive, erratic (or embarrassing!) behavior due to territorial instincts or the drive to reproduce. They’ll be less inclined to run away and roam the neighborhood, too. Neutering your male cat before he matures will keep him from marking his indoor territory by “spraying.”

“My pet will get fat and lazy.”
Wrong, wrong, wrong! Spaying or neutering is not the reason pets gain weight. It’s too much food and too little exercise. And their metabolism slows down as they age, just like humans. Their diet must be adjusted to compensate for this.

“Spaying and neutering is ‘unnatural.'”
False! Today’s domestic cats and dogs are far removed from their wild ancestors and don’t live “naturally” anyway. There is no need for them to reproduce to preserve the species; there are too many already!

“My dog/cat won’t feel like a male/female.”
False! This is only a human issue. Animals are ruled by instinct and hormones, not psychology. Spaying or neutering them will not affect their “self-image.”

So you can see there really is NO excuse for not spaying or neutering your pet!