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					    The Benefits of Spay/Neuter

The most obvious reasonadding to the and
   neutering is to prevent
                           for spaying
                                                                                                                                           Spay/Neuter Hotline
overpopulation problem. In Maricopa                                                                                                            of Maricopa County
County, nearly 50,000 dogs and cats die
every year because there are too many ani-                                                          About the Spay/Neuter Hotline
mals and not enough homes. In addition,                                                                 of Maricopa County
there are health and behavioral benefits of

                                                                                                       The Spay/Neuter Hotline started
                                                                                                     in 1991 to provide a clearinghouse
Neutering, or castration, is the surgical

                                                               Spay/Neuter Facts                          for spay/neuter programs
removal of the animal’s testicles. Neutering
                                                                                                            throughout the valley.
male pets reduces or eliminates:
--Territorial aggression and urine marking
--Roaming, escaping and automobile injuries
                                                 Many people are under the thecanimpres-
                                                    sion that spaying/neutering
                                                 done after a pet has reached
                                                                                    only be
                                                                                  age of 6
                                                                                                          The program is staffed
                                                                                                         completely by volunteers
--Inappropriate mounting, climbing and jumping   months or has gone through at least one
                                                                                                         and provides assistance
--Prostate enlargement, tumors and infections    heat. Early-age spay/neuter (6-14 weeks)                  to residents in finding
--Tumors of the testicles, penis and anal area   has been safely practiced for more than 25           low-cost spay/neuter programs.
--Perineal hernias                               years, due to technological advances in vet-
                                                 erinary medicine and anesthesia techniques.        Please help by making a generous
Spaying, or ovariohysterectomy, is the sur-      Veterinarians practicing early-age
gical removal of the animal’s ovaries and                                                               donation or volunteering.
                                                 spay/neuter report that the surgery is signifi-
uterus. Spaying female pets reduces or           cantly quicker and easier to perform and
eliminates:                                      that there are fewer post-surgical problems.
--Attendant males in abundance during heat                                                                Spay/Neuter Hotline
--Spotting during the heat period                Depending on your pet's age, size, and
--Pregancies and complications from pregnancy                                                             of Maricopa County
                                                 health, he or she will stay at your veterinari-
--Tumors of the mammaries, ovaries or uterus     an's office for a day or overnight. Depending      Animal Defense League of Arizona
--False pregnancies                              upon the procedure, your pet may need                      P.O. Box 33093
--Uterine infections                                                                                       Phoenix, AZ 85033                              This guide courtesy of
                                                 stitches removed after a few days.
                                                                                                                                                       the Spay/Neuter Hotline
In female dogs, the heat peri-                   Spay/neuter surgery carries a one-time cost                   Website:                                    of Maricopa County,
od occurs twice a year and lasts                 that is relatively small when one considers                                a program of the
1-3 weeks each time. Female cats                 its benefits. It's a small price to pay for the                                               Animal Defense League of Arizona
may come into heat 3 or more                     health of your pet and the prevention of
times a year. When in heat, ani-                                                                           602-265-SPAY (7729)
                                                 more unwanted animals.
mals become more irritable
and nervous and may even                         Call each clinic or organization listed for cur-                                             602-265-SPAY (7729)
become aggressive or                             rent rates, requirements, restrictions and
destructive. Female                                                                                                             
cats will yowl and
rub excessively.
 For Residents on Public Assistance                       Spay/Neuter for Pitbulls                  Low-Cost Services for All Residents                         Low-Cost Clinics
                                                                                                                                                               Open to the Public
Maddie's Fund Spay/Neuter Project                 Maddie's Fund Spay/Neuter for Pitbulls            Maricopa Animal Care & Control
Veterinarians offer spays and neuters for         Maddie's Fund offers a special incentive for      "Big Fix" Program                                    Please mention you were referred
$10/cat and $20/dog to AHCCCS clients in          Maricopa County residents who own pitbulls        Maricopa County Animal Care and Control                 by the Spay/Neuter Hotline
Maricopa County. For more information             and pitbull mixes. Surgeries are provided at      (MCACC) sponsors periodic "Big Fix" days it
about this program and to find a participat-      no cost, and a $20 check will be mailed to        its facilities. On these days, up to 200 dogs   North Phoenix Spay and Neuter Clinic
ing veterinarian, visit our website or call the   the dog's caregiver following the surgery. To     and cats are sterilized free of charge. For     1610 E. Bell Road, Suite 108 (at N. 16th St.)
Spay/Neuter Hotline:                              locate a participating vet clinic, contact:       full details and a schedule, contact:
                                                                                                                                                      Phone: 602-787-4240
  Website:                Website: www:               Website:
  Phone: 602-265-SPAY (7729)                        Phone: 602-265-SPAY (7729)                        Phone: 602-506-PETS (7287)                    Van Aken Pet Hospital (West Phoenix)
  English or Spanish                                                                                                                                3869 W. Indian School Rd. (at N. 39th Ave.)
                                                                                                    MCACC Mobile Clinics
                                                            Spay/Neuter for Cats                                                                      Phone: 602-278-6632
Maricopa County Animal Care & Control                                                               Selected dates and locations
"Big Fix" Spay/Neuter Voucher Program                                                                                                               Bethany Animal Hospital
MCACC provides low-income residents of                                                      
                                                  Cat Nip & Tuck Certificate Program                                                                2524 W. Bethany Home Rd.
Maricopa County with subsidized low-cost                                                              Phone: 602-506-PETS (7287)
                                                  Cat Nip & Tuck provides low-cost pre-paid                                                         (at N. Black Canyon Hwy.)
spay/neuter opportunities at participating        certificates for cats. The cost is $25/females,
veterinarians. Caregivers must be on some         $18/males. For a pre-paid certificate valid at    Arizona Humane Society                            Phone: 602-242-1657
type of public assistance. A co-pay of            participating vet clinics, contact:               Margaret McAllister Brock
$27/dog and $15/cat is required. For more                                                           Spay & Neuter Clinic                            The Spay/Neuter Clinic - North Phoenix
information, contact:                               Website:                  1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix                   12416 N. 28th Dr., Suite 18 (at Cactus)
                                                    Phone: 480-949-SPAY (7729)
  Website:                                                                      Website:                       Phone: 602-863-0116
  Phone: 602-506-PETS (7287)                                                                          Phone: 602-942-7283
                                                          Feral Cat TNR Programs                                                                    The Spay/Neuter Clinic - West Phoenix
                                                                                                    Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope               7342 W. Indian School Rd. (at 75th Ave.)
        Based on Financial Need                                                                     Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic
                                                  Arizona Cat Assistance Team (AzCATs)                                                                Phone: 623-846-3979
                                                                                                    1311 W. Hatcher Road, Phoenix
                                                  Free-roaming, primarily feral cats only.
Spay/Neuter Hotline of Maricopa County            If you are feeding "stray" or homeless street       Website:                     The Spay/Neuter Clinic - Mesa
Certificate Program                               cats that you would like to sterilize but can-      Phone: 602-216-6442                           925 S. Gilbert Rd. Suite 113
The Spay/Neuter Hotline offers financial          not catch, AzCATs' TNR (Trap-Neuter-                                                              (north of E. Southern Ave.)
assistance for spay and neuter to those in        Return) program can help. Cats are                Arizona Humane Society
need. Cost is based on the caregiver's abili-     humanely trapped, sterilized and returned.        Mobile Spay/Neuter                                Phone: 480-633-1734
ty to pay. This program is intended for those     Caregivers must agree to continue to pro-         & Animal Wellness Center
who cannot afford low-cost prices or do not       vide food and water. Trapping equipment,          Selected dates and locations                    The Spay/Neuter Clinic - Tempe
qualify for other assistance programs.            instructions, and trapping assistance are                                                         1425 W. Southern Ave. Suite 12 (at Priest)
Certificates valid at participating vet clinics   available. Contact:                                 Website:                       Phone: 480-829-1002
only. Application available at:                                                                       Phone: 602-997-7586, Ext. 3002
  Website:                Email:
  Phone: 602-265-SPAY (7729)                        Phone: 480-968-4TNR (4867)                                    Spay/Neuter Hotline of Maricopa County 602-265-SPAY (7729)
  English or Spanish

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