February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
Health benefits as well as the prevention of unwanted litters are two of the biggest reasons why The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to the public.
Spaying and neutering pets offers many health benefits to pets including preventing uterine infections and breast cancer in female dogs and lessen the risk of enlarged prostate gland and testicular cancer in male dogs according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Sterilizing your pet could also lead to them living 3-5 years longer.
At The Anti-Cruelty Society, pets using our Spay/Neuter Clinic go home the same day as the surgery. Immediately after your pet has been spayed or neutered, you can expect them to be more tired and lethargic than usual. They may try to lick their incision site and this can be prevented by purchasing a cone for them to wear until the wound has healed. Pets do not receive external sutures, so a follow up visit for removal is unnecessary. The Society offers post-surgical care if necessary at no charge until the incision has healed.
The Anti-Cruelty Society sees thousands of pets come through our doors each year, many of which are the offspring of a pet or unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering pets in the public helps prevent these unwanted litters which helps keep shelter populations lower.
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic offers this life-saving surgery at an affordable rate for all: cats’ surgeries are just $30, dogs are $130, and pit bull and pit bull mix dogs are $60. In 2017, The Anti-Cruelty Society spayed and neutered 6,175 pets from the public and 2,794 shelter pets sterilizing a total of over 9,000 Chicago area pets.